Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.530, No.4, 713-718, 2020
A mitochondrial phosphatase PTPMT1 is essential for the early development of silkworm, Bombyx mori
Juvenile hormone (JH) plays important roles in the control of many biological processes in insects, such as development, reproduction, and polyphenism. JH is primarily produced in the corpora allata (CA) by specific JH biosynthetic enzymes under strict temporal regulation. In a previous study, we identified a novel putative JH biosynthetic gene, protein tyrosine phosphatase, mitochondrial 1 (PTPMT1), from silkworm, Bombyx mori, whose expression is nearly exclusive in the CA and is correlated with JH synthetic activities during late larval development. In this study, to reveal the function of PTPMT1 in vivo, we generated PTPMT1 knockout silkworms using TALEN. In the knockout mutants, no signs indicating defects in JH activity were observed. Instead, PTPMT1 knockout silkworms showed embryonic lethality, developmental arrest, and 3rd-instar lethality not only in mutants lacking total enzymatic activity but also in mutants lacking mitochondrial translocation signals. Moreover, in PTPMT1 knockout embryos, the expression of two genes encoded by the mitochondrial genome, CYTB and ND3, was decreased, indicating a mitochondrial disorder. These results suggested that PTPMT1 plays conserved vital role(s) reported in vertebrates in insect mitochondria. (c) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.