A T van den Broek

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Many (in)vertebrates simultaneously release several structurally and functionally related hormones; however, the relevance of this phenomenon is poorly understood. In the locust e.g. each of three adipokinetic hormones (AKHs) is capable of controlling mobilization of carbohydrate and lipid from fat body stores, but it is unclear why three AKHs coexist. We(More)
Adipokinetic hormones (AKHs) control the mobilization of energy reserves from the insect fat body as fuels for flight activity. As a part of our investigations on AKH signal transduction, we demonstrate in this study that the inositol lipid cycle may be involved in the action of AKH-I on fat body of the migratory locust. We show that [3H]inositol is(More)
Fat-body phosphorylase in locusts injected with adipokinetic hormone (AKH I) is highly activated, as revealed by the relative proportions of the three forms present. Activation of phosphorylase during flight is strongly reduced when locusts are ligated at the neck, indicating that this activation is due to a factor from the head, which upon flight is(More)
Adipokinetic hormone I (AKH I) needs extracellular Ca2+ for its activating action on glycogen phosphorylase in locust fat body in vitro. TMB-8 reduces this AKH effect significantly, indicating that for a major part, hormone action also requires the mobilization of Ca2+ from intracellular stores. Using 45Ca2+, AKH was shown to stimulate both the influx and(More)
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