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Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 1996;32(3-4):407-19.

Biochemistry of proteins that bind and metabolize juvenile hormones.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University at Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400, USA.


A diverse group of proteins has evolved to bind and metabolize insect juvenile hormones (JHs). Synthetic radiolabeled JHs and their photoaffinity analogs have enabled us to isolate and characterize JH binding proteins (JHBPs), a putative nuclear JH receptor, JH esterases (JHEs), JH epoxide hydrolases (JHEHs), and methyl farnesoate binding proteins (MFBPs). Highlights of recent progress on structural characterization of JHBPs and JHEHs of two lepidopterans will be described. Efforts to identify MFBPs of penaeid shrimp will be discussed, and the discovery of a possible vertebrate JHBP will be presented.

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