corpus allatum


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Fig. 121 Corpus allatum . The brain of Rhodnius (the kissing bug).

corpus allatum

a gland present in the head of insects that is responsible for the production of juvenile hormone and maintains the larval characteristics at each moult until the adult metamorphosis takes place.
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What is the significance of a P450 expressed in the corpus allatum? The primary, and perhaps only, function of the corpus allatum is juvenile hormone synthesis.
The researchers removed the corpus allatum, the source of juvenile hormone, from newly emerged, female armyworm moths and compared these to their normal counterparts as well as to armyworm moths that underwent a sham operation.