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Cytochrome P450 CYP6X1 cDNAs and mRNA expression levels in three strains of the tarnished plant bug Lygus lineolaris (Heteroptera: Miridae) having different susceptibilities to pyrethroid insecticide


Y. C. Zhu USDA-ARS-JWDSRC, PO Box 346, Stoneville, MS 38776, USA. Tel.: 662-686-5360; fax: 662-686-5421; e-mail:


Three cDNAs, cloned from both pyrethroid-susceptible and -resistant strains of Lygus lineolaris, contained a 1548 nucleotide open reading frame encoding a 516 amino acid residue protein. Predicted cytochrome P450s from cDNAs were classified as the first three new members of subfamily CYP6X, CYP6X1v1 for a susceptible strain and CYP6X1v2 and CYP6X1v3 for two resistant strains. Putative cytochrome P450 CYP6X1s from L. lineolaris were highly similar (up to 42% amino acid sequence identity) to several insect CYP6s that are responsible for reduced sensitivity to pyrethroid insecticides. A total of twenty-six nucleotide substitutions were revealed between cDNAs of susceptible and resistant strains. Two nucleotide substitutions resulted in amino acid changes, Asp373 to Ala373 and Ser487 to Ala487, between susceptible and resistant strains. The resistant laboratory strain contained 2.1-fold higher cytochrome P450 mRNA per microgram total RNA than the susceptible laboratory strain. Topical treatment with 10 ng permethrin elevated cytochrome P450 mRNA levels by approximately 2-fold. The results of this study indicated that cytochrome P450 gene mutation, coupled with up-regulation, was present only in the pyrethroid resistant strains, and was possibly related to resistance development in the tarnished plant bug.