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Regul Pept. 1997 Mar 12;69(1):25-32.

Quantification of Locusta diuretic hormone in the central nervous system and corpora cardiaca: influence of age and feeding status, and mechanism of release.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Birkbeck College, London, UK.


Locusta-DH is known to have a hormonal function in the control of post-feeding diuresis in the migratory locust. This study has quantified Locusta-DH in tissues from V(th) instar nymphs and adults, and investigated the K+-induced release of the peptide from corpora cardiaca. Locusta-DH is present in thoracic and abdominal ganglia, but the amounts are small (25-200 fmol) compared with brain (approximately 1 pmol) and corpora cardiaca ( > 5 pmol) from 14-day old locusts. About 50% of the immunoreactive material in corpora cardiaca coelutes with Locusta-DH on reversed-phase HPLC. An earlier eluting fraction is also biologically active, suggesting locusts have a second, previously undetected, CRF-related peptide. The amount of peptide stored in corpora cardiaca varies with age and physiological status. Reductions on day 1 of the adult instar and immediately after feeding suggest Locusta-DH controls post-eclosion as well as post-feeding diureses. Locusta-DH is released by a Ca2+-dependent mechanism from corpora cardiaca held in salines containing > or =40 mM K+. This is blocked by verapamil, implicating L-type Ca2+ channels. Release is most rapid shortly after transfer to a high K+ saline, and more peptide is released from glands allowed to recover in normal saline between successive K+ depolarisations.

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