Gene identification and enzymatic properties of a membrane-bound trehalase from the ovary of Rhodnius prolixus.

Trehalose represents the main hemolymph sugar in most insects and its metabolic availability is regulated by trehalase. In this study, trehalase activity associated with the reproductive system was investigated in the insect Rhodnius prolixus, a hematophagous hemipteran vector of Chagas' disease. A single-copy gene that encodes a membrane-bound trehalase… (More)