Long-lived Temnothorax ant queens switch from investment in immunity to antioxidant production with age

Matteo Negroni, Susanne Foitzik & Barbara Feldmeyer
Senescence is manifested by an increase in molecular damage and a deterioration of biological functions with age. In most organisms, body maintenance is traded-off with reproduction. This negative relationship between longevity and fecundity is also evident on the molecular level. Exempt from this negative trait association, social insect queens are both extremely long-lived and highly fecund. Here, we study changes in gene expression with age and fecundity in ant queens to understand the molecular basis...
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