Change Author / Owner : Wolbachia modification of sperm does not always require residence within developing sperm
Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular bacteria known to manipulate the reproduction of their arthropod hosts. Wolbachia commonly affect the sperm of infected arthropods. Wolbachia-modified sperm cannot successfully fertilize unless the female is infected with the same Wolbachia type. A study of spermatogenesis in the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis reveals that Wolbachia are not required in individual spermatocytes or spermatids to modify sperm. In N. vitripennis, Wolbachia modify nearly all sperm, but are found only in similar to 28% of developing sperm, and are also found in surrounding cyst and sheath cells. In the beetle Chelymorpha alternans, Wolbachia can modify up to 90% of sperm, but were never observed within the developing sperm or within the surrounding cyst cells; they were abundant within the outer testis sheath. We conclude that the residence within a developing sperm is not a prerequisite for Wolbachia-induced sperm modification, suggesting that Wolbachia modification of sperm may occur across multiple tissue membranes or act upstream of spermiogenesis.
Citation : Clark, M. E., Bailey-Jourdain, C., Ferree, P. M., England, S. J., Sullivan, W., Windsor, Donald M. and Werren, J. H. 2008. Wolbachia modification of sperm does not always require residence within developing sperm. <i>Heredity<i>, 101(5): 420-428. doi:10.1038/hdy.2008.71
Object Type : Smithsonian staff publication
Object Type : Electronic document
Record ID : SILSRO_76319
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