Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 59:IFC (2015)
Plant-feeding insects are spread across the entire plant kingdom. Because they chew externally on leaves, leaf beetle of the subtribe Chrysomelina sensu stricto are constantly exposed to life-threatening predators and parasitoids. To counter these pressures, the juveniles repel their e...
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 57:IFC (2015)
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 56:IFC (2015)
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 55:39 (2014)Pyrethroids are the major class of insecticides used for mosquito control. Excessive and improper use of insecticides, however, has resulted in pyrethroid resistance, which has become a major obstacle for mosquito control. The development of pyrethroid resistance is a complex process i...
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 55:61 (2014)The laccase in the pupal cuticle of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, is thought to accumulate as an inactive precursor that can be activated stage-dependently. In this study we isolated an 81-kDa laccase from cuticular extract of B. mori that was prepared by digestion of the pupal cuticles w...
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 55:IFC (2014)
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 55:31 (2014)β-fructofuranosidases or invertases (EC 220.127.116.11) catalyze the hydrolysis of sucrose into fructose and glucose. β-fructofuranosidases have been widely described in microorganisms, but were not known in the animal kingdom until very recently. There are studies reporting lepidopteran β-f...
The structure and synthesis of the Mamestra configurata peritrophic matrix (PM) was examined at various time points during a larval stadium. Bright field and confocal fluorescence microscopy revealed major differences between the PM of feeding and molting larvae. The PM from feeding la...
PFA (Phalera flavescens agglutinin) lectin purified from larvae of the lobster moth (P. flavescens) shows a strong binding ability specific to the N-acetyllactosamine (Galβ1-4GlcNAc) site. We determined the genomic and cDNA sequences of the PFA gene, which consists of five exons and sp...