Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology vol:31 issue:2 pages:149-155
A novel myotropic Colorado potato beetle peptide, active in the Locusta oviduct motility assay, was isolated from a methanolic extract of 9,000 brain complexes of adult Leptinotarsa decemlineata by means of HPLC. Its sequence is Gly-Phe-Lys-Asn-Val-Ala-Leu-Ser-Thr-Ala-Arg-Gly-Phe-NH2. This peptide is identical to Lom-AG-MT-I, a myotropin previously isolated from the male accessory glands of Locusta migratoria, using the L. migratoria oviduct motility bioassay as a monitoring system. It strongly stimulated the frequency, amplitude, and tonus of the myogenic oviduct contractions, even at low concentrations.