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Correlation among corpus allatum volume, cell size, and juvenile hormone biosynthesis in ovariectomized adult Blattella germanica



Correlation among corpus allatum volume, cell size, and juvenile hormone biosynthesis in ovariectomized adult Blattella germanica



Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology8(1): 37-44



The corpora allata (CA) of both intact and ovariectomized Blattella germanica adult females exhibited a high degree of bilateral symmetry in the rate of juvenile hormone (JH) biosynthesis, the mean size of CA cells, and gland volume (81.3%, 98.3%, and 100% respectively with less than a twofold difference between the two glands in CA pairs). This permitted us to split each CA pair randomly, measure JH biosynthesis in one gland, and dissociate the other gland into a cell suspension in which the size of CA cells was measured. In ovariectomized females, changes in CA volume and the spontaneous and farnesoic acid (FA)-stimulated rates of JH biosynthesis, measured from the same glands, were well correlated (r = 0.78, for both correlations). Similarly, the mean volume of CA cells in one gland increased in relation to increases in both the spontaneous and FA-stimulated rates of JH biosynthesis by the contralateral member of the pair (r = 0.83 and r = 0.91, respectively). Concurrent changes in CA cell size and activity suggest that in the CA of B. germanica cellular growth and degradation are involved in the regulation of JH biosynthesis.

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DOI: 10.1002/arch.940180104

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