Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 1679–1686 | Cite as

Internal chemical communication within flatworms

  • Paul F. Basch


An understanding of reproductive function is important for control of parasitic helminths. In cestodes and trematodes virtually nothing is known about regulatory and coordinating mechanisms that control maturation, gamete formation, egg production, and related processes. Neurosecretory neurons have been reported in various species but specific modes of action of neurohormones have yet to be demonstrated. The role of ecdysone is being investigated.

Key words

Schistosomes nerve-hormone interactions platyhelminths differentiation reproductive maturation Schistosoma mansoni ecdysteroids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul F. Basch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family, Community & Preventive MedicineStanford University School of Medicine Stanford University Medical CenterStanford

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