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Differential allocation of protein resources to flight muscles and reproductive organs in the flightless wing-polymorphic bug, Pyrrhocoris apterus (L.) (Heteroptera).

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of comparative physiology. B, Biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology
Publication Date
Volume
178
Issue
2
Pages
179–188
Identifiers
PMID: 17901960
Source
Medline

Abstract

Differences in the growth of dorsolongitudinal flight muscles and gonads in 1-28 days old long-winged (macropterous) and short-winged (brachypterous) adults of the firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus L.) and the resource allocation to these organs were studied by means of total protein analysis. We found predominant allocation of food resources to flight muscles compared to reproductive organs in both macropterous males and females during the first 5 days of adult life. Subsequent histolysis of developed flight muscles coincided with increased total protein content in some reproductive organs. Initiation of intensive food intake after starvation or application of higher dose of methoprene on macropterous adults changed the resource allocation in favour of growth of reproductive organs and induced precocious histolysis of flight muscles. It indicates an involvement of juvenile hormone in wing morph-related differential allocation of resources in the bug. Increased total protein contents in the ovaries and accessory glands of starved macropterous females and males treated with methoprene, respectively, indicate that proteins derived from the methoprene-induced histolysis of the flight muscles are re-utilized for the growth of the reproductive organs. It is the first report of persistence of differential resource allocation to flight muscles and reproductive organs in the wing-polymorphic insects with non-functional macropterism.

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