Detoxifying enzyme activity in worker honey bees: an adaptation for foraging in contaminated ecosystems

@inproceedings{Smirle1988DetoxifyingEA,
  title={Detoxifying enzyme activity in worker honey bees: an adaptation for foraging in contaminated ecosystems},
  author={Michael James Smirle and Mark L. Winston},
  year={1988}
}
The activities of two important groups of detoxifying enzymes, the glutathione S-transferases and the mixed-function oxidases, were assayed throughout the lifetimes of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Detoxification capacity decreased on a per insect basis in older workers and was associated with a dramatic loss of midgut protein. However, analysis of specific activity (enzyme activity per milligram protein) showed increasing activity levels as bees aged and began to forage. These results… CONTINUE READING

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