Characterization and tissue-specific expression of two lepidopteran farnesyl diphosphate synthase homologs: implications for the biosynthesis of ethyl-substituted juvenile hormones.

@article{Cusson2006CharacterizationAT,
  title={Characterization and tissue-specific expression of two lepidopteran farnesyl diphosphate synthase homologs: implications for the biosynthesis of ethyl-substituted juvenile hormones.},
  author={Michel Cusson and Catherine B{\'e}liveau and Stephanie E. Sen and Sophie Vandermoten and R G Rutledge and Don Stewart and Frederic Francis and Eric Haubruge and Peter Hugo Rehse and David J. Huggins and Ashley P G Dowling and Guy H. Grant},
  journal={Proteins},
  year={2006},
  volume={65 3},
  pages={
          742-58
        }
}
The sesquiterpenoid juvenile hormone (JH) regulates insect development and reproduction. Most insects produce only one chemical form of JH, but the Lepidoptera produce four derivatives featuring ethyl branches. The biogenesis of these JHs requires the synthesis of ethyl-substituted farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) by FPP synthase (FPPS). To determine if there exist more than one lepidopteran FPPS, and whether one FPPS homolog is better adapted for binding the bulkier ethyl-branched substrates… CONTINUE READING
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