On the Identity of the Juvenile Hormone in Insects

  • K. H. Dahm
  • G. Bhaskaran
  • M. G. Peter
  • P. D. Shirk
  • K. R. Seshan
  • H. Röller


The secretion of the corpora allata, the juvenile hormone (JH), has a morphogenetic function during the larval life of an insect and may act as a gonadotropin in the adult. On the basis of transplantation experiments, it had been concluded that the hormone of the corpora allata is stage and order unspecific (Wigglesworth, 1970; Novák, 1966). Consequently, the name “juvenile hormone” was retained irrespective of its endocrinological function during a specific postembryonic stage. Piepho (1950) even had suggested that the juvenile hormones of all insects be chemically related, if not identical.


High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Juvenile Hormone Male Moth Corpus ALLATA Adult Eclosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. H. Dahm
    • 1
  • G. Bhaskaran
    • 1
  • M. G. Peter
    • 1
  • P. D. Shirk
    • 1
  • K. R. Seshan
    • 1
  • H. Röller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Developmental BiologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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