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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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Publications Publications

Harrison M.C.; Arning N.; Kremer L.P.M.; Ylla G.; Belles X.; Bornberg-Bauer E.; Huylmans A.K.; Jongepier E.; Piulachs M.-D.; Richards S.; Schal C. 2018. Expansions of key protein families in the German cockroach highlight the molecular basis of its remarkable success as a global indoor pest. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution. 330(5):254-264 doi: 10.1002/jez.b.22824


Irles, P.; Ramos, S. and Piulachs, M.D. 2017. SPARC preserves follicular epithelium integrity in insect ovaries. Developmental Biology 422(2):105-114

Macedo, L.M.; Nunes, F.M.; Freitas, F.C..; Pires, C.V,.; Tanaka, E.D.; Martins, J.R.; Piulachs, M.D.; Cristino, A.S.; Pinheiro, D.G.; and Simões, Z.L. 2016.MicroRNA signatures characterizing caste-independent ovarian activity in queen and worker honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)Insect Molecular Biology 25(3):216-26.