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Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2001 Jan;31(1):7-17.

Lipid storage and mobilization in insects: current status and future directions.

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Department of Biochemistry and Center for Insect Science, Biological Sciences West, The University of Arizona, Tucson 85721-0088, USA.


In this paper we review the current status of research on fatty acid absorption and conversion to diacylglycerol in the midgut. We further discuss how diacylglycerol may leave the midgut and associate with lipophorin in hemolymph. We review the present understanding of the role of the lipid transfer particle and lipophorin receptors in lipid delivery between lipophorin and tissues. Finally, we discuss recent studies on the mobilization of diacylglycerol from the fat body in response to adipokinetic hormone. Several suggestions for exciting areas of future research are described.

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