The research carried out by this lab aims at understanding the mechanisms that regulate insect oogenesis. The model used is Blattella germanica, an insect with a panoistic ovary type, which is the most primitive ovary type among insects. This lab studies the expression of the genes involved in the main signalling pathways and its regulation by hormones and by the small non-coding RNA that modulates them. The comparison of these results with those already described in other, more modified insect species, suggests that some functions are preserved in evolution, although the regulation of these functions could have changed.

Lab website: Insect Reproduction Lab

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Bortolin, F.; Piulachs, MD.; Congiu, L.; Fusco, G. 2011. Cloning and expression pattern of the ecdysone receptor and retinoid X receptor from the centipede Lithobius peregrinus (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha). General and Comparative Endocrinology 174:60-69.

Clynen, E.; Ciudad,L.; Bellés, X.; Piulachs, MD. 2011. Conservation of fruitless' role as master regulator of male courtship behaviour from cockroaches to fliesDevelopment Genes and Evolution 221(1): 43-48.

Cristino, AS.; Tanaka, ED.; Rubio, M.; Piulachs, M-D.; Belles, X. 2011. Deep Sequencing of Organ- and Stage-Specific microRNAs in the Evolutionarily Basal Insect Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae)PLoS ONE 6(4): e19350. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019350

Folguera G.; Bastías DA.; Caers J.; Rojas JM.; Piulachs MD.; Bellés X.; Bozinovic F. 2011. An experimental test of the role of environmental temperature variability on ectotherm molecular, physiological and life-history traits: Implications for global warmingComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 159(3): 242-246.

Tanaka, E.D.; Piulachs, M.D.  2012. Dicer and miRNAs in Blattella germanica oogenesis. Biology of the Cell 104: 1-10 (including the cover page).

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