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Wolbachia pipientis: microbial manipulator of arthropod reproduction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10547686     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The alpha-proteobacterium Wolbachia pipientis is a very common cytoplasmic symbiont of insects, crustaceans, mites, and filarial nematodes. To enhance its transmission, W. pipientis has evolved a large scale of host manipulations: parthenogenesis induction, feminization, and male killing. W. pipientis's most common effect is a crossing incompatibility between infected males and uninfected females. Little is known about the genetics and biochemistry of these symbionts because of their fastidious requirements. The affinity of W. pipientis for the microtubules associated with the early divisions in eggs may explain some of their effects. Such inherited microorganisms are thought to have been major factors in the evolution of sex determination, eusociality, and speciation. W. pipientis isolates are also of interest as vectors for the modification of wild insect populations, in the improvement of parasitoid wasps in biological pest control, and as a new method for interfering with diseases caused by filarial nematodes.
R Stouthamer; J A Breeuwer; G D Hurst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of microbiology     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0066-4227     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-06     Completed Date:  1999-12-06     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372370     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Microbiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Arthropods / microbiology*,  physiology*
Reproduction / genetics,  physiology
Wolbachia / physiology*

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