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- Kuhns, Emily H.; Seidl-Adams, Irmgard; Tumlinson, James H.
- Journal of insect physiology 2012 v.58 no.3 pp. 408-412
- Heliothis subflexa, etc ; Helicoverpa zea; Heliothis virescens; digestive system; enzyme activity; fatty acids; genes; host preferences; host range; hydrolysis; insect larvae; nitrogen; nitrogen metabolism; protein intake; Show all 14 Subjects
- ... Fatty acid amino acid conjugates (FACs) in the oral secretions of Lepidopteran larvae are responsible for eliciting plant defense responses. FACs are present despite fitness costs which suggests that they are important for larval survival. In previous work, an aminoacylase (L-ACY-1) was identified as the enzyme responsible for hydrolysis of FACs within the larvae gut. This gene is present in three ...