Norman T. Davis

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In the nervous system of the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, cells expressing the period (per)gene were mapped by in situ hybridization and immunocytochemical methods. Digoxigenin-labeled riboprobes were transcribed from a 1-kb M. sexta per cDNA. Monoclonal anti-PER antibodies were raised to peptide antigens translated from both M. sexta and Drosophila(More)
An antiserum against crustacean cardioactive peptide was used, in indirect immunocytochemistry on whole-mounts and Vibratome sections, to map immunoreactive neurons at various stages of postembryonic development of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. About 90 immunoreactive neurons were identified. Many of these cells are immunoreactive at hatching and persist into(More)
Antisera against a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate neuropeptides were used to map cerebral neurosecretory cells in the sphinx moth Manduca sexta. Intense immunoreactive staining of distinct populations of neurosecretory cells was obtained with antisera against locust adipokinetic hormone, bovine pancreatic polypeptide, FMRFamide, molluscan small(More)
Allatotropin is a neuropeptide that was originally isolated from the sphinx moth Manduca sexta, in which it stimulates the synthesis of juvenile hormone in adults (Kataoka et al. 1989). An antiserum raised against this peptide was characterized, shown to be specific for allatotropin and used in a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to(More)
The median neuroendocrine cells of the subesophageal ganglion, important components of the neuroendocrine system of the tobacco hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, have not been well investigated. Therefore, we studied the anatomy of these cells by axonal backfills and characterized their peptide immunoreactivities. Both larvae and adults were examined, and(More)
The YXFGLamide C-terminus serves to define most members of a family of structurally related neuropeptides, the YXFGLamides. These peptides have been identified from the nervous system of various insects and include the allatostatins of cockroaches and crickets, the schistostatins of locusts, and the callatostatins of blowflies. The YXFGLamides have been(More)
By use of the indirect immunofluorescent technique applied to whole mounts of tissues and organs of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, serotonin-like reactivity has been demonstrated in an extensive meshwork of fibers on the surface of nerves of the subesophageal ganglion and the tritocerebrum. This meshwork appears to serve the neurohemal(More)
Because leucokinins stimulate diuresis in some insects, we wished to identify the neurosecretory cells in Manduca sexta that might be a source of leucokinin-like neurohormones. Immunostaining was done at various stages of development, using an antiserum to leucokinin IV. Bilateral pairs of neurosecretory cells in abdominal ganglia 3–7 of larvae and adults(More)
  • N T Davis
  • The Journal of comparative neurology
  • 1987
The neuroanatomy of a serotonin neurohemal system in the head of Periplaneta americana was studied by means of immunohistochemistry, cobalt backfilling, transmission electron microscopy, and nerve transection. This neurohemal system is supplied by bilateral groups of two or three neurons whose somata are located ventrally in the subesophageal ganglion, near(More)
Antisera raised to the cardioactive peptide corazonin were used to localize immunoreactive cells in the nervous system of the American cockroach. Sera obtained after the seventh booster injection were sufficiently specific to be used for immunocytology. They recognized a subset of 10 lateral neurosecretory cells in the protocerebrum that project to, and(More)