Odorant-binding proteins in insects.

  title={Odorant-binding proteins in insects.},
  author={Paolo Pelosi and Rosario Maida},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  volume={111 3},
This paper reviews the characteristics of pheromone and odorant-binding proteins (OBP) in insects, with particular reference to Lepidoptera. They are small (15 kDa) soluble proteins, very concentrated in the lymph of chemosensory sensilla and belonging to two major classes, pheromone-binding proteins (PBP) and general odorant-binding proteins. They represent the insect equivalent of vertebrate OBP. The main unsolved question with OBP of insects and vertebrates regards their physiological role… CONTINUE READING
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