Hydrocarbon circulation and colonial signature in Pachycondyla villosa.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_710CC6170389
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Hydrocarbon circulation and colonial signature in Pachycondyla villosa.
Journal
Journal of Insect Physiology
Author(s)
Lucas C., Pho D.B., Fresneau D., Jallon J.M.
ISSN
0022-1910 (Print)
ISSN-L
0022-1910
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2004
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
50
Number
7
Pages
595-607
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
In ants, both cuticular and postpharyngeal gland (PPG) hydrocarbons (HCs) have been involved in nestmate recognition. However, no detailed comparison is available. A comparative study including also high density lipophorin (HDLp), an internal HC carrier, was therefore undertaken on Pachycondyla villosa. Purified HDLp is an 820 kDa lipoprotein with a density of 1.114 g/ml and two 245 and 80 kDa apo-proteins. Its hydrocarbon profile is very similar with the cuticular one, in agreement with its hydrocarbon carrier function. Conversely, n-alkanes and externally branched monomethylalkanes are markedly decreased in the PPG. According to their physical properties, this suggests that they are involved in waterproofing on the cuticle. The PPG actually contains only internally branched mono-, dimethylalkanes or monomethylalkenes; their greater fluidity is more adequate for chemical communication. The percentages of some of them are statistically not different between the cuticle and PPG. Their mixtures vary with colonies and they may thus be involved in colonial signature. A scheme for hydrocarbon circulation is discussed, involving lipophorin, cuticle, PPG and self-grooming in one individual, a pathway complementary or alternative to the selective delivery by lipophorin in some other insects. HCs are then distributed between nestmates' cuticles through allo-grooming and physical contacts.
Keywords
Animals, Exocrine Glands/chemistry, Exocrine Glands/physiology, Female, Hydrocarbons/isolation & purification, Hymenoptera/chemistry, Hymenoptera/physiology, Insect Proteins/isolation & purification, Insect Proteins/physiology, Lipoproteins/isolation & purification, Lipoproteins, HDL/isolation & purification, Male, Pheromones/isolation & purification, Pheromones/physiology, Recognition (Psychology)/physiology, Social Environment, Species Specificity
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