Research Paper Volume 10, Issue 10 pp 2668—2683

High expression of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 in long-lived termite kings

Figure 4. Higher expression of DNA repair genes in termite reproductives. (A) There were significant differences in RsBRCA1 expression among castes of Reticulitermes speratus (n = 6; P < 0.001). RsBRCA1 expression is higher in reproductives than in non-reproductives (n = 6; P < 0.05). (B) There were significant differences in RsMCPH1 expression among castes of R. speratus (n = 6; P < 0.001). RsMCPH1 expression is higher in reproductives than in non-reproductives (n = 6; P < 0.05). (C) There were significant differences in RsMLH1 expression among castes of R. speratus (n = 6; P < 0.001). RsMLH1 expression is higher in reproductives than in non-reproductives (n = 6; P < 0.05). (D) There were significant differences in RsXRCC3 expression among castes of R. speratus (n = 6; P < 0.001). RsXRCC3 expression is higher in PKs than in non-reproductives (n = 6; P < 0.05). Black and gray bars indicate female and male individuals, respectively. Error bars represent the standard error of the mean. Different letters (a–c) over the bars denote significant differences at P < 0.05. W, workers; S, soldiers; SQ, mature secondary queens; PK, mature primary kings.