The 9+2 axoneme of cilia and flagella is specialized machinery aimed at the production of efficient, finely tuned motility, and it has been evolutionarily conserved from protists to mammals. However, the sperm cells of several insects express unconventional axonemes, which represent unique models for studying the structural-functional relationships underlying axonemal function and evolution. Cecidomids comprise a group of dipterans characterized by an overall tendency to deviate from the standard axonemal pattern. In particular, the subfamily Cecidomyiinae shows a series of progressive modifications of the sperm axoneme. We previously analyzed the unusual sperm axonemes of Asphondylia ruebsaameni (Asphondyliidi) and Monarthropalpus buxi (Cecidomyiidi), which are characterized by the absence of any structure related to the control of motility (that is, the central pair complex, radial spokes and inner dynein arms); however, these sperm are motile, and motility is driven by the outer dynein arms only. This simplification of the motility machinery is accompanied by a parallel reduction in the dynein isoform complement. Here, we complete our survey of the axonemal organization and the parallel evolution of sperm dynein complement in cecidomids with the characterization of both the sperm ultrastructure and the dynein genes in Dryomyia lichtensteini, a representative of Lasiopteridi, the cecidomid taxon with aberrant and immotile sperm cells. On the basis of the whole set of our data, we discuss the potential molecular mechanism(s) underlying the progressive modification of axoneme in cecidomids, leading first to a reduction of dynein genes and eventually to the complete loss of motility. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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|Titolo:||The evolution of sperm axoneme structure and the dynein heavy chain complement in cecidomid insects.|
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