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FEBS Lett. 1999 Mar 26;447(2-3):237-40.

Locust corpora cardiaca contain an inactive adipokinetic hormone.

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University of Aberdeen, Department of Zoology, UK. k.siegert@biology.bbk.ac.uk

Abstract

A neuropeptide from the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria, has been identified as a novel member of the family of adipokinetic hormones (AKHs). The peptide is probably synthesised in the brain because it is the first AKH found in the storage lobe, whilst the three 'classic' Locusta AKHs are present in the glandular lobe of the corpora cardiaca. In locusts, the peptide has no biological activity usually associated with AKHs. There is only 36-56% sequence identity with the three Lom-AKHs, but 78% identity with the Drosophila melanogaster AKH, Drm-HrTH. The new peptide is active in the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, and was provisionally named 'L. migratoria hypertrehalosaemic hormone', Lom-HrTH; its biological role in locusts remains to be established. The high degree of identity with Drm-HrTH suggests that Lom-HrTH is an ancient molecule.

PMID:
10214953
DOI:
10.1016/s0014-5793(99)00299-9
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