Knockdown of cytochrome P450 CYP6 family genes increases susceptibility to carbamates and pyrethroids in the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria.


Institute of Applied Biology, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. Electronic address: [Email]


Insect cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (CYP) plays a key role in the detoxification of insecticides. In this study, four cDNA sequences of CYP6 genes were identified and characterized. Transcription levels of LmCYP6HC1 and LmCYP6HCL1 were high in first- and fourth-instar nymph stages, respectively. LmCYP6HN1 was primarily expressed in the egg to third-instar nymph stages, while LmCYP6HQ1 was predominantly expressed in the stages from fourth-instar nymph to the adult. The four CYP6 genes were predominantly distributed in the antenna, brain, fat body, integument, and hemolymph. Piperonyl butoxide exposure inhibited total CYP activity and synergized the toxicity of carbamates and pyrethroids. Knockdown of LmCYP6HL1, LmCYP6HN1, and LmCYP6HQ1 increased nymph mortality following exposure to carbaryl, and silencing of LmCYP6HC1, LmCYP6HL1, LmCYP6HN1, and LmCYP6HQ1 comprehensively raised nymph mortality following exposure to fluvalinate. Knockdown of LmCYP6HL1 or LmCYP6HN1 significantly increased nymph mortality following exposure to cypermethrin or fenvalerate, respectively. These results suggest that the CYP6 family plays a key role in determining the susceptibility of Locusta migratoria to both carbamates and pyrethroids.


Carbamates,Cytochrome P450 monooxygenase,Locusta migratoria,Pyrethroids,Susceptibility,

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