Experientia

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 81–87 | Cite as

Sex pheromone conversion and degradation in antennae of the silkworm mothBombyx mori L.

  • G. Kasang
  • M. Nicholls
  • L. von Proff
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Summary

In living antennae of the silkworm mothBombyx mori L. the pheromone compound (E, Z)-10,12-hexadecadienol and hexadecanol are enzymatically converted to their corresponding fatty aldehydes, acids and long-chain fatty acid esters. The pheromone is completely degraded at high rates in the antennae of freshly hatched moths. The polar volatile [3H]metabolites exclusively consist of tritiated water. The half-life of the pheromone is about 2.5 min in males and 0.5 min in females. Drying inactivates the enzymes responsible for pheromone oxidation.

Key words

Lepidoptera Bombyx morimoths antennae pheromones metabolites enzymes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Kasang
    • 1
  • M. Nicholls
    • 1
  • L. von Proff
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenFederal Republic of Germany

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