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Manduca sexta allatotropin and the in vitro biosynthesis of juvenile hormone by moth corpora allata: a comparison of Pseudaletia unipuncta females from two natural populations and two selected lines. 2005. McNeil, J.N.; Maury, M.; Bernier-Cardou, M.; Cusson, M. J. Insect Physiol. 51: 55-60.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25377

Language: English

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We compared the effects of Manduca sexta allatotropin (Manse-AT) on the rate of in vitro juvenile hormone (JH) biosynthesis by the corpora allata (CA) of different-aged virgin females from migrant (Quebec) and non-migrant (Azores) populations of the armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta, as well as fromearly- and late-calling lines selected fromthe Quebec population. There was a significant age x strain interaction, with the observed rates of JH biosynthesis in early adult life closely reflecting strain-specific differences in the age at onset of calling. In considering data for all ages combined, treatment of CA with Manse-AT resulted in a significant increase in the rate of JH biosynthesis for all but the Late strain, although significant differences for this strain were detected at certain ages. The CA of females from the Azores strain showed the strongest stimulation, with those of 0- and 1-day-old individuals displaying a singularly high degree of sensitivity. Selection for early- and late-calling lines resulted in significant differences in the temporal patterns of JH biosynthesis but did not markedly affect the sensitivity of the CA to Manse-AT. These findings are discussed within the context of the age-related differences observed in the rates of in vitro JH biosynthesis and JH haemolymph titers previously reported in comparisons of the Quebec and Azorean strains of the true armyworm.