Journal of Comparative Physiology B

, Volume 188, Issue 1, pp 27–36 | Cite as

Temperature adaptation of lipids in diapausing Ostrinia nubilalis: an experimental study to distinguish environmental versus endogenous controls

  • Elvira L. VukašinovićEmail author
  • David W. Pond
  • Gordana Grubor-Lajšić
  • M. Roger Worland
  • Danijela Kojić
  • Jelena Purać
  • Željko D. Popović
  • Duško P. Blagojević
Original Paper


Larvae of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hubn.) were cold acclimated during different phases of diapause to determine if changes in the fatty acid composition lipids occur as part of a programmed diapause strategy, or as a response to low temperatures during winter. Cold acclimation of fifth instar larvae of O. nubilalis during diapause had modest effects further on the readjustments in fatty acid composition of triacylglycerols and phospholipids. Overall, FA unsaturation (UFAs/SFAs ratio) was stable, with the exception of the triacylglycerols fraction after exposure to −3 and −10 °C in mid-diapause (MD) when it significantly increased. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to examine phase transitions of total body lipid of cold-acclimated larvae in diapause. Thermal analysis indicated that changes in the melt transition temperatures of whole body total lipids were subtle, but consistent with the modest changes in the level of FA unsaturation observed. We conclude that lipid rearrangements are a function of the endogenous “diapause program” rather than a direct effect of low temperatures, which proved to have limited impact on lipid changes in diapausing larvae of O. nubilalis.


Cold acclimation Fatty acid composition Ostrinia nubilalis Lipid melt transition temperatures Phospholipid Triacylglycerol 



Differential scanning calorimetry


Fatty acid


Saturated fatty acid


Unsaturated fatty acid


Monounsaturated fatty acid


Polyunsaturated fatty acid

UFAs/SFAs ratio

Ratio of unsaturated/saturated FAs


Fatty acid methyl ester

GPEtn/GPChol ratio

Ratio of glycerophosphoethanolamine/glycerophosphocholine



This work was funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, grant no. 173014., project entitled “Molecular mechanisms of redox signalling in homeostasis: adaptation and pathology”. This publication is a contribution to the ECOSYSTEMS Programme of the British Antarctic Survey, UK.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elvira L. Vukašinović
    • 1
    Email author
  • David W. Pond
    • 2
  • Gordana Grubor-Lajšić
    • 1
  • M. Roger Worland
    • 3
  • Danijela Kojić
    • 1
  • Jelena Purać
    • 1
  • Željko D. Popović
    • 1
  • Duško P. Blagojević
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia
  2. 2.Scottish Association for Marine ScienceObanScotland, UK
  3. 3.British Antarctic SurveyCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of Physiology, Institute for Biological ResearchUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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