Fertility and hatching of the vit mutant eggs in Bombyx mori

Yutaka Kawaguchi, Tsuneyuki Tatsuke, Yuki Oike, Akiko Taniguchi, Takahiro Kusakabe, Jae Man Lee, Katsumi Koga

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The vit (scanty vitellin) eggs of Bombyx mori deposited by the females homozygous for the mutation were investigated for the manifestation of inherited characteristics. Mutant eggs produced by viti vit ovaries were white in color due to the lack of yolk proteins. These eggs could be fertilized and grown to the final stage of embryogenesis but did not hatch and died, irrespective of whether the genotype of embryo was homozygous or heterozygous for the vit gene. Mating experiments showed that the trait of yolk color was transmitted in a manner of pseudomaternal inheritance, whereas the character of embryonic lethality was manifested following a mode of maternal inheritance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Insect Biotechnology and Sericology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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