Multiple functions of CREB-binding protein during postembryonic development: Identification of target genes

Amit Roy, Smitha George, Subba Reddy Palli

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

30 Scopus citations


Background: Juvenile hormones (JH) and ecdysteroids control postembryonic development in insects. They serve as valuable targets for pest management. Hence, understanding the molecular mechanisms of their action is of crucial importance. CREB-binding protein (CBP) is a universal transcriptional co-regulator. It controls the expression of several genes including those from hormone signaling pathways through co-activation of many transcription factors. However, the role of CBP during postembryonic development in insects is not well understood. Therefore, we have studied the role of CBP in postembryonic development in Tribolium, a model coleopteran insect. Results: CBP is ubiquitously expressed in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. RNA interference (RNAi) mediated knockdown of CBP resulted in a decrease in JH induction of Kr-h1 gene expression in Tribolium larvae and led to a block in their development. Moreover, the injection of CBP double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) showed lethal phenotypes within 8 days of injection. RNA-seq and subsequent differential gene expression analysis identified CBP target genes in Tribolium. Knockdown of CBP caused a decrease in the expression of 1306 genes coding for transcription factors and other proteins associated with growth and development. Depletion of CBP impaired the expression of several JH response genes (e.g., Kr-h1, Hairy, early trypsin) and ecdysone response genes (EcR, E74, E75, and broad complex). Further, GO enrichment analyses of the downregulated genes showed enrichment in different functions including developmental processes, pigmentation, anatomical structure development, regulation of biological and cellular processes, etc. Conclusion: These data suggest diverse but crucial roles for CBP during postembryonic development in the coleopteran model insect, Tribolium. It can serve as a target for RNAi mediated pest management of this stored product pest.

Original languageEnglish
Article number996
JournalBMC Genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 29 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Author(s).


  • CBP
  • Ecdysone
  • Juvenile hormone
  • Kr-h1
  • RNA seq
  • RNAi
  • Tribolium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics


Dive into the research topics of 'Multiple functions of CREB-binding protein during postembryonic development: Identification of target genes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this