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Biochemical Aspects of Juvenile Hormone Action in Insects

  • Yuzuru Akamatsu
  • Peter E. Dunn
  • Ferenc J. Kézdy
  • Karl J. Kramer
  • John H. Law
  • David Reibstein
  • Larry L. Sanburg
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 241)

Abstract

Insects undergo profound morphological changes that take place long after the embryonic stage and are thus excellent models for the study of extrinsic control of genetic programs in higher organisms. In the process of metamorphosis, undifferentiated cells organized as imaginal disks develop into complex structures (legs, wings, antennae, etc.). The genetic program that dictates the ecdysone-induced differentiation and development of the imaginal discs is regulated and modulated by the juvenile hormone (JH). A high titer of juvenile hormone prevents differentiation and rapid growth of the disks. Prior to metamorphosis the hormone titer falls, and the low level then permits development to proceed. Thus, juvenile hormone exerts an inhibitory effect on the course of development during larval life.

Keywords

Juvenile Hormone Imaginal Disk Farnesyl Pyrophosphate Corpus Allatum General Esterase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuzuru Akamatsu
    • 1
  • Peter E. Dunn
    • 1
  • Ferenc J. Kézdy
    • 1
  • Karl J. Kramer
    • 1
  • John H. Law
    • 1
  • David Reibstein
    • 1
  • Larry L. Sanburg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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