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De novo synthesis of contact female sex pheromone and hydrocarbons in Blattella germanica was examined using short in vivo incubations. Accumulation of pheromone on the epicuticular surface and the internal pheromone titer were related to age-specific changes in hydrocarbon synthesis and accumulation in normal and allatectomized females. The incorporation(More)
The corpora allata (CA) of ovariectomized adult Blattella germanica females exhibited delayed but high rates of juvenile hormone biosynthesis in vitro. Using the onset of sexual receptivity as a probe of the degree of CA activation in females, we demonstrated at least one cycle of CA activity in the experimentally synchronized ovariectomized females.(More)
Changes in the number of corpus allatum (CA) cells were investigated in nymphs and in intact and ovariectomized adult female Blattella germanica. The CA of intact adult females exhibit cyclic changes in volume in relation to juvenile hormone (JH) synthesis, while the CA of ovariectomized females become significantly hypertrophied as a result of a gradual(More)
The corpus allatum (CA) cells of adult Blattella germanica females undergo cyclic volumetric changes in relation to juvenile hormone (JH) synthesis. In intact females the size of CA cells changes synchronously during the gonotrophic cycle, resulting in cyclic JH synthesis. In ovariectomized females volumetric changes among CA cells become asynchronous,(More)
A fourth component, 3,11-dimethyi-2-heptacosanone, was identified as a cuticular contact sex pheromone of the female German cockroach,Blattella germanica. In behavioral assays, higher dosages of 3,11-dimethyl-2-heptacosanone were needed to elicit similar sexual responses in males to those elicited by the major pheromone component,(More)
The roles of the ovary and egg case in the regulation of the development and activity of the corpora allata were studied in Blattella germanica adult females. The corpora allata of ovariectomized females exhibit a delayed pattern of development and activity compared with intact females. Implantation of a young ovary into ovariectomized females resulted in a(More)
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