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It is well acknowledged that tyramine acts as the biosynthetic intermediate precursor for octopamine. This fact has biased the interpretation of biological effects of tyramine towards an artifact of it being a partial agonist on octopamine receptors. Over recent years there has been an...
At the end of each developmental stage, the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti performs the ecdysis behavioral sequence, a precisely timed series of behaviors that culminates in shedding of the old exoskeleton. Here we describe ecdysis triggering hormone-immunoreactive Inka cells located at...
The domestic silkworm, Bombyx mori represents an insect model of great scientific and economic importance. Besides the establishment of a stable germline transformation using the PiggyBac vector, technically feasible methods for in vivo gene delivery and transient gene expression were developed...
Mechanisms of innate immunity especially with relevance to epithelial tissue, are currently the focus of intense research, as epithelial immunity greatly impacts on health and disease. However, many findings regarding innate immunity signalling pathways in vertebrates stems from research using...
The multifunctional arthropod ‘insect kinins’ share the evolutionarily conserved C-terminal pentapeptide motif Phe-X 1 -X 2 -Trp-Gly-NH 2 , where X 1 = His, Asn, Ser, or Tyr and X 2 = Ser, Pro, or Ala. Insect kinins regulate diuresis in many species of insects. Compounds with similar...
Neuropeptidases play a key role in regulating neuropeptide signalling activity in the central nervous system of animals. They are oligopeptidases that are generally found on the surface of neuronal cells facing the synaptic and peri-synaptic space and therefore are ideally placed for the...
This review is focussed on SIFamide. This neuropeptide was discovered as a result of an extensive purification process, typical for 20th century physiology, of an extract of 350,000 flesh flies. Our knowledge of SIFamide greatly expanded since the first publication in 1996. Describing the minor...
The presented work is a hybrid of an overview and an original research paper. First, we review briefly the structure, biosynthesis, release, mode of action and function of those peptides that constitute the adipokinetic/red pigment-concentrating family. Second, we collate the data on primary...
This review focuses on the endocrine regulation of reproductive behavior in moth species with particular emphasis on Helicoverpa spp. Reproductive behavior in most adult moths is dependent on the release of a unique blend of sex pheromones by the females to attract conspecific males. Mating, on...
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