Journal article

The impact of ingested potato type II inhibitors on the production of the major serine proteases in the gut of Helicoverpa armigera.

JA Stevens, KM Dunse, RF Guarino, BL Barbeta, SC Evans, JA West, MA Anderson

Insect Biochem Mol Biol | Published : 2013


The flowers of the ornamental tobacco produce high levels of a series of 6 kDa serine protease inhibitors (NaPIs) that are effective inhibitors of trypsins and chymotrypsins from lepidopteran species. These inhibitors have a negative impact on the growth and development of lepidopteran larvae and have a potential role in plant protection. Here we investigate the effect of NaPIs on the activity and levels of serine proteases in the gut of Helicoverpa armigera larvae and explore the adaptive mechanisms larvae employ to overcome the negative effects of NaPIs in the diet. Polyclonal antibodies were raised against a Helicoverpa punctigera trypsin that is a target for NaPIs and two H. punctigera c..

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