DNA methylation in insects
Article first published online: 29 MAR 2004
Insect Molecular Biology
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 109–115, April 2004
How to Cite
Field, L. M., Lyko, F., Mandrioli, M. and Prantera, G. (2004), DNA methylation in insects. Insect Molecular Biology, 13: 109–115. doi: 10.1111/j.0962-1075.2004.00470.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 29 MAR 2004
- Received 15 September 2003; accepted after revision 21 November 2003.
- DNA methylation;
- gene expression;
Cytosine DNA methylation has been demonstrated in numerous eukaryotic organisms and has been shown to play an important role in human disease. The function of DNA methylation has been studied extensively in vertebrates, but establishing its primary role has proved difficult and controversial. Analysing methylation in insects has indicated an apparent functional diversity that seems to argue against a strict functional conservation. To investigate this hypothesis, we here assess the data reported in four different insect species in which DNA methylation has been analysed more thoroughly: the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, the cabbage moth Mamestra brassicae, the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae and the mealybug Planococcus citri.