Male accessory gland protein reduces egg laying in a simultaneous hermaphrodite

Koene, Joris M., Sloot, Wiebe, Montagne-Wajer, Kora, Cummins, Scott F., Degnan, Bernard M., Smith, John S., Nagle, Gregg T. and ter Maat, Andries (2010) Male accessory gland protein reduces egg laying in a simultaneous hermaphrodite. PLoS One, 5 4: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010117

Author Koene, Joris M.
Sloot, Wiebe
Montagne-Wajer, Kora
Cummins, Scott F.
Degnan, Bernard M.
Smith, John S.
Nagle, Gregg T.
ter Maat, Andries
Title Male accessory gland protein reduces egg laying in a simultaneous hermaphrodite
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2010-04-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0010117
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 4
Total pages 7
Editor Damian Pattinson
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract
Seminal fluid is an important part of the ejaculate of internally fertilizing animals. This fluid contains substances that nourish and activate sperm for successful fertilization. Additionally, it contains components that influence female physiology to further enhance fertilization success of the sperm donor, possibly beyond the recipient's optimum. Although evidence for such substances abounds, few studies have unraveled their identities, and focus has been exclusively on separate-sex species. We present the first detailed study into the seminal fluid composition of a hermaphrodite (Lymnaea stagnalis). Eight novel peptides and proteins were identified from the seminal-fluid-producing prostate gland and tested for effects on oviposition, hatching and consumption. The gene for the protein found to suppress egg mass production, Ovipostatin, was sequenced, thereby providing the first fully-characterized seminal fluid substance in a simultaneous hermaphrodite. Thus, seminal fluid peptides and proteins have evolved and can play a crucial role in sexual selection even when the sexes are combined.
© 2010 Koene et al.

Keyword Snail lymnaea-stagnalis
Fresh water snail
Seminal fluid
Drosophila melanogaster
Sexual selection
Helix aspersa
Pond smail
Love dart
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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