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Mol Genet Genomics. 2001 Dec;266(4):556-63. Epub 2001 Oct 5.

DDT resistance in Drosophila correlates with Cyp6g1 over-expression and confers cross-resistance to the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.

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Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK.


Mutagenesis can be used as a means of predicting likely mechanisms of resistance to novel classes of insecticides. We used chemical mutagenesis in Drosophila to screen for mutants that had become resistant to imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide. Here we report the isolation of two new dominant imidacloprid-resistant mutants. By recombinational mapping we show that these map to the same location as Rst(2)DDT. Furthermore, we show that pre-existing Rst(2)DDT alleles in turn confer cross-resistance to imidacloprid. In order to localize the Rst(2)DDT gene more precisely, we mapped resistance to both DDT and imidacloprid with respect to P-element markers whose genomic location is known. By screening for recombinants between these P-elements and resistance we localized the gene between 48D5-6 and 48F3-6 on the polytene chromosome map. The genomic sequence in this interval shows a cluster of cytochrome P450 genes, one of which, Cyp6g1, is over-expressed in all resistant strains examined. We are now testing the hypothesis that resistance to both compounds is associated with over-expression of this P450 gene.

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