Evolutionary History of Lepidopteran Genes Associated with Sex Pheromone Recognition

  • Yuji YasukochiEmail author
Part of the Entomology Monographs book series (ENTMON)


Insect genes encoding odorant receptors (ORs) and odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) comprise Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)-specific subfamilies named pheromone receptors (PRs) and pheromone-binding proteins (PBPs), respectively. Both subfamilies are monophyletic, and some of the genes in these groups are responsible for sex pheromone recognition. Recent progress in sequencing by next-generation sequencers has facilitated the detection of gains, losses, and translocations of these genes, which have occurred in a wide variety of lepidopteran lineages. The evolutionary history of these genes provides valuable insights into how the sex pheromone recognition system has evolved in Lepidoptera.


Evolutionary history Pheromone receptors Pheromone-binding proteins 



I greatly appreciate Yukio Ishikawa for providing me the opportunity to publish this chapter and important contributions to our articles referred to in this chapter. I also thank Ken Sahara, Nami Miura, Bin Yang, Ryo Nakano, and Takashi Matsuo for their helpful assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research OrganizationTsukubaJapan

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