Chitinous Structures as Potential Targets for Insect Pest Control

  • Guillaume Tetreau
  • Ping WangEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1142)


Chitinous structures are physiologically fundamental in insects. They form the insect exoskeleton, play important roles in physiological systems and provide physical, chemical and biological protections in insects. As critically important structures in insects, chitinous structures are attractive target sites for the development of new insect-pest-control strategies. Chitinous structures in insects are complex and their formation and maintenance are dynamically regulated with the growth and development of insects. In the past few decades, studies on insect chitinous structures have shed lights on the physiological functions, compositions, structural formation, and regulation of the chitinous structures. Current understanding of the chitinous structures has indicated opportunities for exploring new target sites for insect control. Mechanisms to disrupt chitinous structures in insects have been studied and strategies for the potential development of new means of insect control by targeting chitinous structures have been proposed and are practically to be explored.


Insect chitinous structure Cuticle Peritrophic membrane Chitin-binding proteins Chitin synthase Chitin deacetylase Chitinase N-acetylglucosaminidases 



This work was supported in part the USDA AFRI Foundational Program competitive grant no. 2016-67013-24754 and USDA NIFA Hatch Project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA, IBSGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyCornell UniversityGenevaUSA

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