Title: Molecular markers of phase transition in locusts
Authors: De Loof, Arnold ×
Claeys, Ilse
Simonet, Gert
Verleyen, Peter
Vandersmissen, Tim
Sas, Filip
Huybrechts, Jurgen #
Issue Date: Feb-2006
Publisher: Blackwell Pub.
Series Title: Insect Science vol:13 issue:1 pages:3-12
Abstract: The changes accompanying the transition from the gregarious to the solitary
phase state in locusts are so drastic that for a long time these phases were considered as
distinct species. It was Boris Uvarov who introduced the concept of polyphenism. Decades
of research revealed that phase transition implies changes in morphometry, the color of the
cuticle, behavior and several aspects of physiology. In particular, in the recent decade, quite
a number of molecular studies have been undertaken to uncover phase-related differences.
They resulted in novel insights into the role of corazonin, neuroparsins, some protease
inhibitors, phenylacetonitrile and so on. The advent of EST-databases of locusts (e.g. Kang
et al., 2004) is a most encouraging novel development in physiological and behavioral locust
research. Yet, the answer to the most intriguing question, namely whether or not there is a
primordial molecular inducer of phase transition, is probably not within reach in the very
near future
ISSN: 1672-9609
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Animal Physiology and Neurobiology Section - miscellaneous
Department of Biology - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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