Features of consistent and differential methylation in social insects.
|Consistent methylation||Differential methylation|
|Sites consistently methylated||Methylation varies across tissues, castes, and individuals|
|Depleted CpG content [22, 23]||Less depleted CpG content [22, 23]|
|Primarily found in exons ||Primarily found in exons |
|Consistent expression levels/splicing patterns across tissues and castes ||Variable expression levels/splicing patterns across tissues and castes |
|Well-conserved across insect taxa ||Not yet known whether patterns conserved or divergent across taxa|