Insect neurochemistry and neurobiology are active and growing areas of neuroscience research. Scientists believe that insect neuropeptides will lead to novel approaches to insect control. This new volume assesses the state of research in insect neuropeptides and identifies promising directions for future work. Its 22 chapters present information on developmental neuropeptides, and biochemistry and molecular biology. Of special interest is a chapter by Max Summers on the expression of foreign peptides in baculoviruses, which could pave the way for a method of introducing neuropeptide-regulating genes into living insects.
Neuropeptide Research in Historical Perspective ; Biologically Active Insect Peptides: Applied and Fundamental Knowledge ; Prothoracicotropic Hormone of Bombyx ; Identifying Prothoracicotropic Hormone and Genes of the Gypsy Moth ; Insect Myotropic Peptides: Isolation, Structural Characterization, and Biological Activities ; Myotropic Neuropeptides: Physiological and Pharmacological Actions ; Metabolic Neuropeptides ; Insect Diuretic Peptides: Chemical Identification ; Eclosion Hormones: From Genes to Behavior ; Regulation of Pheromone Production in Moths: Pheromone Biosynthesis-Activating Neuropeptide ; Insect Neuropeptides: Influence on Color Change in Insects and Chromatohoral Pigment Movements in Crustaceans ; Egg Development Neurosecretory Hormone Activity in the Mosquito Aedes aegypti ; Mosquito Oostatic Hormone: Trypsin-Modulating Oostatic Factor ; Housefly oostatic Hormone: Isolation and Characterization ; Allatal Stimulation and Inhibition in Locusts ; Allatostatins: Neuropeptide Inhibitors of Juvenile Hormone Synthesis in Brain and Corpora Allata of the Cockroach Diploptera punctata ; Two Types of Allatostatic Peptides from Brains of the Cockroach Diploptera punctata ; Structure-Activity Relationships for Several Myotropic Insect Neuropeptide Families: From the Cockroach Leucophaea maderae ; Phermone Biosynthesis-Activating Neuropeptide Hormone of Heliothis zea: Isolation and Characterization ; Adipokinetic Hormone Neuropeptide Family: Applying Recombinant DNA Techniques ; Drosophila FMRFamide Neuropeptide Gene: Molecular Genetics ; Baculovirus-Directed Foreign Gene Expression