Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology vol:31 issue:2 pages:135-147
The Manduca sexta Malpighian tubule assay system, developed to monitor adenylate cyclase activity, was used in combination with HPLC to isolate a novel cAMP generating peptide from 350,000 whole flesh flies, Neobellieria bullata. Mass spectrometry revealed a molecular mass of 5,047 daltons, and Edman degradation the following sequence: AGAEAEKLSGLSKYFNGTTMAGRANVAKATYAVIGIINVMKPKKK. This 48-mer peptide, called Neb-cGP, does not belong to the corticotropin releasing factor family of insect diuretic peptides. Electrophoresis and subsequent immunoblotting of peptides immunoprecipitated from a homogenate of entire flies showed that one fly contained approximately 0.003 to 0.03 mu g Neb-cGP and that 10 mu g represents the lowest immunostainable amount on a Western blot. (C) 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc.