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Paraffin Synthesis in the Oenocytes of the Desert Locust

Diehl, Peter A.

In: Nature, 1973, vol. 243, no. 5407, p. 468-470

Oenocytes are one of the least understood types of insect cells. Several workers have suggested that the oenocytes produce structural lipoproteins for the formation of the cuticle or the paraffins and waxes which are involved in water-proofing the cuticle1−4. Electron microscope studies5−9, ligation experiments10,11 and biochemical studies11−13... Plus

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    Summary
    Oenocytes are one of the least understood types of insect cells. Several workers have suggested that the oenocytes produce structural lipoproteins for the formation of the cuticle or the paraffins and waxes which are involved in water-proofing the cuticle1−4. Electron microscope studies5−9, ligation experiments10,11 and biochemical studies11−13 suggest that the oenocytes rather than the prothoracic glands synthesize the moulting hormone ecdysone. At present, however, there is no direct and conclusive evidence to support either of these hypotheses.