Cellular energy metabolism maintains young status in old queen honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Cheng Yen Lu, Jiantai Timothy Qiu, Chin Yuan Hsu

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Trophocytes and oenocytes of queen honey bees are used in studies of cellular longevity, but their cellular energy metabolism with age is poorly understood. In this study, the molecules involved in cellular energy metabolism were evaluated in the trophocytes and oenocytes of young and old queen bees. The findings indicated that there were no significant differences between young and old queen bees in β-oxidation, glycolysis, and protein synthesis. These results indicate that the cellular energy metabolism of trophocytes and oenocytes in old queen bees is similar to young queen bees and suggests that maintaining cellular energy metabolism in a young status may be associated with the longevity of queen bees. Fat and glycogen accumulation increased with age indicating that old queen bees are older than young queen bees.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere21468
JournalArchives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • honey bee
  • longevity
  • metabolism
  • queen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Insect Science


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