Mechanisms regulating nutrition-dependent developmental plasticity through organ-specific effects in insects

@inproceedings{Koyama2013MechanismsRN,
  title={Mechanisms regulating nutrition-dependent developmental plasticity through organ-specific effects in insects},
  author={Takashi Koyama and Cl{\'a}udia M C Mendes and Christen Kerry Mirth},
  booktitle={Front. Physiol.},
  year={2013}
}
Nutrition, via the insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IIS)/Target of Rapamycin (TOR) signaling pathway, can provide a strong molding force for determining animal size and shape. For instance, nutrition induces a disproportionate increase in the size of male horns in dung and rhinoceros beetles, or mandibles in staghorn or horned flour beetles, relative to body size. In these species, well-fed male larvae produce adults with greatly enlarged horns or mandibles, whereas males that are starved or… CONTINUE READING
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