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2/5/2014

IBE (CSIC-UPF): Forever Young?: Discovered the key factor controlling insect metamorphosis

IBE (CSIC-UPF): Forever Young?: Discovered the key factor controlling insect metamorphosis


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The results of this study demonstrate for the first time that E93 is a key and essential factor to the insect adult development and to induce metamorphosis in all winged insects. This work not only represents a significant advance in the characterization of the molecular mechanisms controlling insect metamorphosis, but it is also important to understand the transition to the adult forms of higher organisms.

The study has been developed by researchers from the research group led by Dr. David Martin in collaboration with the group led by Dr. Xavier Franch-Marro, both of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE; joint institute of the CSIC and the University Pompeu Fabra). The results are published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Reference:
Ureña, E., Manjón C., Franch-Marro, X. Martín D. Transcription factor E93 specifies adult metamorphosis in hemimetabolous and holometabolous insects. 2014. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.