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The prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) stimulates ecdysteroidogenesis by prothoracic gland in larval insects. Previous studies showed that Ca(2+), cAMP, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and tyrosine kinase are involved in PTTH-stimulated ecdysteroidogenesis by the prothoracic glands of both Bombyx mori and Manduca sexta. In the present study, the(More)
In this study, we investigated activation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) by the prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) in prothoracic gland cells of the silkworm, Bombyx mori. The results showed that the PTTH stimulated ERK phosphorylation as this depends on time and dose and ecdysteroidogenic activity. The ERK phosphorylation inhibitors, PD(More)
Stage-dependent effects of RH-5992 on ecdysteroidogenesis of the prothoracic glands during the fourth larval instar of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, were studied in the present report. When larvae were treated with RH-5992 during the early stages of the fourth larval instar (between day 0 and day 1), initially ecdysteroid levels in the hemolymph were(More)
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