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Table 4 Summary of molecular function gene ontology (GO) terms obtained for annotated expressed sequence tags (ESTs) with BLASTx for treatments with juvenile hormone (JH), soldier head extract (SHE), exposure to live soldiers (LS) and exposure to live reproductive (LR)

From: Differential impacts of juvenile hormone, soldier head extract and alternate caste phenotypes on host and symbiont transcriptome composition in the gut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes

Molecular function JH SHE LS LR  
Term Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Totals
Nucleotide binding 8 86   3 3 1    101
Hydrolase activity 4 65   1 1   1   72
Protein binding 7 60   1 1     69
Catalytic activity 17 39    1     57
Binding 15 41      1   57
Structural molecule activity 3 37    1     41
Peptidase activity 10 14      1   25
Transferase activity 3 14   1      18
Enzyme regulator activity 2 12        14
Protein kinase activity 1 10   1   1    13
Kinase activity 2 9   1      12
Calcium ion binding 1 10        11
Electron carrier activity 2 6        8
Transporter activity 3 1    1     5
Actin binding 2 3        5
Carbohydrate binding 2 3        5
Atpase activity      4     4
ATP binding     2 2     4
Receptor activity 3         3
Lipid binding 2 1        3
Nucleoside-triphosphatase activity     1 2     3
Structural constituent of chitin-based cuticle 2         2
Triglyceride lipase activity 2         2
DNA binding     1     1 2
Metal ion binding      1     1
Zinc ion binding      1     1
ATP-dependent DNA helicase activity     1      1
Chitin binding         1 1
DNA helicase activity     1      1
DNA-dependent atpase activity     1      1
GTP binding     1      1
Gtpase activity     1      1
Protein serine/threonine kinase activity     1      1
Single-stranded DNA binding     1      1
Structural constituent of cuticle    1       1
Totals 91 411 1 19 18 2 3 2 547
  1. The total numbers of molecular functions obtained from ESTs upregulated by LS and downregulated by SHE show an interesting contrast, which supports the LS and SHE + JH bioassay and gene expression results of Tarver et al. [7, 12, 18]. UP, up-regulated terms, DOWN, down-regulated terms.