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The action of locustol

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Journal
Journal of Insect Physiology
0022-1910
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
7
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-1910(77)90018-x

Abstract

Abstract Bioassays have shown that the locust gregarization pheromone, locustol, and the adrenergic hormone, noradrenaline, act in a similar way on the phase characteristics of the locust and are thus mimics. Investigations of the affects of dopa (a noradrenaline substrate) and its antagonist aldomet, and of the effects of adenosine 3′–5′ monophosphate (cyclic AMP), its agonists and antagonists, as well as an assay of cyclic AMP in the two phases, have strengthened this conclusion. It is postulated that the pheromone acts like an adrenergic hormone to promote the production of cyclic AMP which effects the characteristic changes when the solitary phase of locusts transforms into the gregarious phase.

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