Journal of Insect Physiology vol:45 issue:8 pages:743-753
A peptide was purified from a 10% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) head/thorax extract of 300,000 ants with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Fluid secretion assay of single isolated Malpighian tubules was used as a bioassay. The purity of F. polyctena diuretic peptide (FopDP) after a two step HPLC protocol was confirmed by means of mass spectrometry and revealed a molecular mass of 7514 daltons. Due to lack of material, no enzymatic digestion could be performed and the sequence of only the first 25 amino acids could be determined: VPKYENCVSEVLPAGDRQRCVKVTC. A computer search of sequence data banks did not reveal any significant similarity between FopDP and other known insect diuretic peptides.