International Journal of Evolutionary Biology

The Evolution of Sex-Related Traits and Genes


Publishing date
01 Jul 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Jan 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3B 2E9

2Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Corunna, Corunna, Spain

3Department of Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

4Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA


The Evolution of Sex-Related Traits and Genes

Description

During the last 25 years, a series of publications have drawn attention to a common pattern of rapid evolution of sex-related traits and genes. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the observed rapid divergence. For traits and genes directly involved in reproduction, the pressures imposed by interactions between sexes are likely to have driven rapid evolution, by conflictive interactions, forms of female cryptic choice (female sex drive), or differential use of traits and behavioral tactics by males (male sex drive). However, other factors such as subfunctionalization linked to gene duplication events and the birth and death process can also drive fast change. Rapid diversification of sex-related traits and genes has also received interest because of its potential link to the process of speciation. Developmental pathways related to sex display a pattern of constant and rapid change, and early developmental genes have shown unexpected signals of adaptive diversification between species. Finally comparative genomics and proteomics advances are currently allowing us to place these patterns within the broad context of whole genome dynamics.

We invite authors to submit original research articles as well as perspectives that will stimulate, contribute, and challenge our continuous effort to understand what drives the evolution of sex-related traits and genes.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The evolution of mating behavior interactions
  • Postmating challenges to fertilization and sexual selection
  • The evolution of sex/gamete developmental pathways and genes
  • Molecular evolution of reproductive genes and proteins
  • Patterns of evolution within a genomic context
  • Reproductive traits and speciation

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 807218
  • - Editorial

The Evolution of Sex-Related Traits and Genes

Alberto Civetta | José M. Eirín-López | ... | Jeremy L. Marshall
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 989438
  • - Review Article

Gene Duplication and the Genome Distribution of Sex-Biased Genes

Miguel Gallach | Susana Domingues | Esther Betrán
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 595121
  • - Research Article

Is Speciation Accompanied by Rapid Evolution? Insights from Comparing Reproductive and Nonreproductive Transcriptomes in Drosophila

Santosh Jagadeeshan | Wilfried Haerty | Rama S. Singh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 274975
  • - Research Article

Elevated Evolutionary Rates among Functionally Diverged Reproductive Genes across Deep Vertebrate Lineages

Christopher J. Grassa | Rob J. Kulathinal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 972457
  • - Review Article

Boule and the Evolutionary Origin of Metazoan Gametogenesis: A Grandpa's Tale

José M. Eirín-López | Juan Ausió
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 908735
  • - Review Article

The Molecular Evolution of Animal Reproductive Tract Proteins: What Have We Learned from Mating-System Comparisons?

Alex Wong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 214280
  • - Research Article

Associations between Variation in X Chromosome Male Reproductive Genes and Sperm Competitive Ability in Drosophila melanogaster

Leah Greenspan | Andrew G. Clark
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 423938
  • - Research Article

A Macroevolutionary Perspective on Multiple Sexual Traits in the Phasianidae (Galliformes)

Rebecca T. Kimball | Colette M. St. Mary | Edward L. Braun
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 439046
  • - Research Article

Persistent Copulation in Asexual Female   Potamopyrgus antipodarum: Evidence for Male Control with Size-Based Preferences

Amanda E. Nelson | Maurine Neiman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 485460
  • - Research Article

Male-Female Interactions and the Evolution of Postmating Prezygotic Reproductive Isolation among Species of the Virilis Subgroup

Nada Sagga | Alberto Civetta

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