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Evolution of Pre- and Post-Copulatory Traits in Male Drosophila melanogaster as a Correlated Response to Selection for Resistance to Cold Stress.

Singh K, Samant MA, Tom MT, Prasad NG - PLoS ONE (2016)

Bottom Line: In Drosophila melanogaster the fitness of males depends on a broad array of reproductive traits classified as pre- and post-copulatory traits.Exposure to cold stress, can reduce sperm number, male mating ability and courtship behavior.Additionally, improved performances under stressful conditions need not necessarily trade-off with performance under benign conditions.

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Affiliation: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Knowledge City, Sector 81, SAS Nagar, PO Manauli, Punjab, 140306, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: In Drosophila melanogaster the fitness of males depends on a broad array of reproductive traits classified as pre- and post-copulatory traits. Exposure to cold stress, can reduce sperm number, male mating ability and courtship behavior. Therefore, it is expected that the adaptation to cold stress will involve changes in pre- and post-copulatory traits. Such evolution of reproductive traits in response to cold stress is not well studied.

Methods: We selected replicate populations of D. melanogaster for resistance to cold shock. Over 37-46 generations of selection, we investigated pre- and post-copulatory traits such as mating latency, copulation duration, mating frequency, male fertility, fitness (progeny production) and sperm competitive ability in male flies subjected to cold shock and those not subjected to cold shock.

Results: We found that post cold shock, the males from the selected populations had a significantly lower mating latency along with, higher mating frequency, fertility, sperm competitive ability and number of progeny relative to the control populations.

Conclusion: While most studies of experimental evolution of cold stress resistance have documented the evolution of survivorship in response to selection, our study clearly shows that adaptation to cold stress involves rapid changes in the pre- and post-copulatory traits. Additionally, improved performances under stressful conditions need not necessarily trade-off with performance under benign conditions.

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Effect of cold shock (A) or no shock (B) on mating success. Closed bars represent FCB and open bars represent FSB populations. (A) Selection and period had significant effects on mating success. However, Selection × period interaction was not significant. (B) Under no-shock treatment, there was no significant difference in mating success between FSB and FCB males.
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pone.0153629.g003: Effect of cold shock (A) or no shock (B) on mating success. Closed bars represent FCB and open bars represent FSB populations. (A) Selection and period had significant effects on mating success. However, Selection × period interaction was not significant. (B) Under no-shock treatment, there was no significant difference in mating success between FSB and FCB males.

Mentions: We found significant effects of selection and period on mating success (Table 2A, Fig 3A). Post cold shock, significantly more (~8%) FSB males mated successfully with base line females relative to FCB males (Fig 3A). Mating success increased with increase in the time of recovery post cold shock. Multiple comparisons using Tukey’s HSD suggested that both FSB and FCB males subjected to cold shock had lower mating success (~9% and ~12%) after 4 hours of recovery relative to 12 hours and 30 hours of recovery. However, none of the interactions were significant (Table 2A, Fig 3A).


Evolution of Pre- and Post-Copulatory Traits in Male Drosophila melanogaster as a Correlated Response to Selection for Resistance to Cold Stress.

Singh K, Samant MA, Tom MT, Prasad NG - PLoS ONE (2016)

Effect of cold shock (A) or no shock (B) on mating success. Closed bars represent FCB and open bars represent FSB populations. (A) Selection and period had significant effects on mating success. However, Selection × period interaction was not significant. (B) Under no-shock treatment, there was no significant difference in mating success between FSB and FCB males.
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pone.0153629.g003: Effect of cold shock (A) or no shock (B) on mating success. Closed bars represent FCB and open bars represent FSB populations. (A) Selection and period had significant effects on mating success. However, Selection × period interaction was not significant. (B) Under no-shock treatment, there was no significant difference in mating success between FSB and FCB males.
Mentions: We found significant effects of selection and period on mating success (Table 2A, Fig 3A). Post cold shock, significantly more (~8%) FSB males mated successfully with base line females relative to FCB males (Fig 3A). Mating success increased with increase in the time of recovery post cold shock. Multiple comparisons using Tukey’s HSD suggested that both FSB and FCB males subjected to cold shock had lower mating success (~9% and ~12%) after 4 hours of recovery relative to 12 hours and 30 hours of recovery. However, none of the interactions were significant (Table 2A, Fig 3A).

Bottom Line: In Drosophila melanogaster the fitness of males depends on a broad array of reproductive traits classified as pre- and post-copulatory traits.Exposure to cold stress, can reduce sperm number, male mating ability and courtship behavior.Additionally, improved performances under stressful conditions need not necessarily trade-off with performance under benign conditions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Knowledge City, Sector 81, SAS Nagar, PO Manauli, Punjab, 140306, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: In Drosophila melanogaster the fitness of males depends on a broad array of reproductive traits classified as pre- and post-copulatory traits. Exposure to cold stress, can reduce sperm number, male mating ability and courtship behavior. Therefore, it is expected that the adaptation to cold stress will involve changes in pre- and post-copulatory traits. Such evolution of reproductive traits in response to cold stress is not well studied.

Methods: We selected replicate populations of D. melanogaster for resistance to cold shock. Over 37-46 generations of selection, we investigated pre- and post-copulatory traits such as mating latency, copulation duration, mating frequency, male fertility, fitness (progeny production) and sperm competitive ability in male flies subjected to cold shock and those not subjected to cold shock.

Results: We found that post cold shock, the males from the selected populations had a significantly lower mating latency along with, higher mating frequency, fertility, sperm competitive ability and number of progeny relative to the control populations.

Conclusion: While most studies of experimental evolution of cold stress resistance have documented the evolution of survivorship in response to selection, our study clearly shows that adaptation to cold stress involves rapid changes in the pre- and post-copulatory traits. Additionally, improved performances under stressful conditions need not necessarily trade-off with performance under benign conditions.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus