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Endocytosis in adipokinetic hormone (AKH)-producing cells of the migratory locust, locusta migratoria, in rest and during flight

By J.H.B. Diederen, M. Dorland, W.F. Jansen and H.G.B. Vullings


Intrinsic gland cells of the corpus cardiacum\ud of Locusta synthesize AKH, and release it into the haemolymph shortly after onset of flight. AKH stimulates the release of diacylglycerol — the fuel for the flight muscles — from the fat body.\ud The peak of haemolymph AKH is reached after about 30 min flight. Release of AKH mainly occurs from short processes of the gland cells, by means of exocytosis.\ud It may be expected that this release is followed\ud by compensatory re-uptake of membrane\ud material by means of endocytosis near the site of exocytosis. To get information on the location of endocytotic activity\ud and on the intracellular endocytotic pathway, the uptake of the tracer\ud horse-radish peroxidase (HRP) by the\ud gland cells in flying and in resting locusts\ud was studied electron microscopicall

Topics: Biologie
Year: 1985
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