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Ecdysteroids, steroid hormones in insects, coordinate major developmental transitions. During postembryonic development, ecdysone is biosynthesized from dietary cholesterol in the prothoracic gland (PG). Despite extensive studies, the initial conversion process, the so-called "Black Box", has not been characterized. A cytochrome P450 enzyme, Spookier(More)
Fatty acid amino acid conjugates (FACs), first identified in lepidopteran caterpillar spit as elicitors of plant volatile emission, also have been reported as major components in gut tracts of Drosophila melanogaster and cricket Teleogryllus taiwanemma. The profile of FAC analogs in these two insects was similar to that of tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta,(More)
Ecdysteroids, steroid hormones in insects, coordinate major developmental transitions. During postembryonic development, ecdysone is biosynthesized from dietary cholesterol in the prothoracic gland (PG). Despite extensive studies, the initial conversion process, the so-called " Black Box " , has not been characterized. A cytochrome P450 enzyme, Spookier(More)
The conditions and pretreatments required in the conventional pyridine hemochrome method were re-examined for application of the method to the measurement of protoheme and heme c contents in photosynthetically grown cells of Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides. The amounts of hemes were calculated from two kinds of difference absorbances between two wavelengths of(More)
The precursor of aqualysin I, a subtilisin-type protease secreted by Thermus aquaticus, consists of four domains, an N-terminal signal sequence, an N-terminal pro-sequence, a protease domain, and a C-terminal pro-sequence. A non-covalent N-terminal pro-sequence facilitates the production of active aqualsin I, when the C-terminal pro-sequence is deleted. The(More)
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