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Male karyotype and meiosis of Tenagobia fuscata(Corixoidea, Micronectidae) are studied. The species possesses a male diploid chromosome number 2n= 28 + XY, holokinetic chromosomes, absence of m chromosomes and an achiasmatic male meiosis. Autosomes divide pre-reductionally while the sex chromosomes do so post-reductionally. Banding techniques (C, DAPI and(More)
BACKGROUND Fieldwork has thoroughly established that most eggs are intensely predated. Among the few exceptions are the aerial egg clutches from the aquatic snail Pomacea canaliculata which have virtually no predators. Its defenses are advertised by the pigmented ovorubin perivitellin providing a conspicuous reddish coloration. The nature of the defense(More)
Apple snail perivitellins are emerging as ecologically important reproductive proteins. To elucidate if the protective functions of the egg proteins of Pomacea canaliculata (Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae), involved in embryo defenses, are present in other Pomacea species we studied scalarin (PsSC), the major perivitellin of Pomacea scalaris. Using small(More)
Dysdercus Guerin Méneville, 1831 comprises insect species that are often serious pests of cotton both in the Old and New World, representing the only taxon from Pyrrhocoridae in the Neotropical Region. The genus is cytologically characterized by possession of holokinetic chromosomes and a prereductional type of meiosis. So far, only seven species from the(More)
Carotenoid-binding proteins are commonly found in invertebrates. Their carotenoids form non-covalent complexes with proteins giving tissues a variety of colors. In molluscs they have been described in only a few species. In particular, the egg perivitellin fluid of those Ampullariid species which deposit eggs above the waterline is provided with(More)
Although most eggs are intensely predated, the aerial egg clutches from the aquatic snail Pomacea canaliculata have only one reported predator due to unparalleled biochemical defenses. These include two storage-proteins: ovorubin that provides a conspicuous (presumably warning) coloration and has antinutritive and antidigestive properties, and PcPV2 a(More)
Pomacea canaliculata is a freshwater snail that deposits eggs on solid substrates above the water surface. Previous studies have emphasized the nutritional and protective functions of the three most abundant perivitelline fluid (PVF) protein complexes (ovorubin, PV2, and PV3) during its embryonic development, but little is known about the structure and(More)
To better understand how glycans contribute to the multiple roles of perivitellins in embryo development, the carbohydrate moieties and glycoforms of the carotenoglycoproteins ovorubin and scalarin from the eggs of Pomaceacanaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) and Pomaceascalaris (d'Orbigny, 1835) were studied. All subunits of both proteins are glycosylated and(More)
Perivitellins are important components of the perivitelline fluid (PVF) that surrounds gastropod embryos. The glyco-lipo-carotenoprotein ovorubin (OR) from eggs of the snail Pomacea canaliculata has been the most studied to date. Here we report the characterization of scalarin (SC), a glyco-lipo-carotenoprotein from the PVF of P. scalaris. SC was purified(More)
Ovorubin, a 300-kDa thermostable oligomer, is the major egg protein from the perivitellin fluid that surrounds the embryos of the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata. It plays essential roles in embryo development, including transport and protection of carotenoids, protease inhibition, photoprotection, storage, and nourishment. Here, we report ovorubin(More)
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