Histochemical studies of uric acid in some insects. 2. Uric acid and polyphenols in the fat body.

Autor(es): Wigglesworth V B

Resumo: It is recalled that in the larva of Aedes aegypti, starved after a rich protein diet, uric acid is formed and accumulates in the fat body, not as solid spheres but in high concentration in aqueous vacuoles. In the mature larva of Celliphora vicina which has finished feeding and is settling down to form the puparium, the fat body at first contains no argentaffin deposits. During the following 2 or 3 days, argentaffin material appears in the form of amber or brown vesicles and black granules of all sizes. Some of this material remains in the fat body cells; but a large part, presumably polyphenols, is discharged from the cells so that finally all the amber staining disappears and only black granules remain. During this transfer the epidermal cells become charged with sclerotin precursors, which are transferred into the outer part of the cuticle to form the puparium. The stored uric acid remains in the fat body and is dispersed during adult development and ultimately excreted.

Palavras-Chave: Uric acid; Polyphenols; Fat body; Sclerotin

Imprenta: Tissue & Cell, v. 19, n. 1, p. 93-100, 1987

Identificador do objeto digital: https://doi.org/10.1016/0040-8166(87)90060-7

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Cell

Data de publicação: 1987