The Association of Proctolin with the Female Reproductive Tissue of Rhodnius Prolixus

  • Angela B. Lange
Part of the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience book series (ECN)


Proctolin was first discovered associated with the hindgut of the cockroach Periplaneta americana were it was proposed to function as a neurotransmitter (Brown, 1975; Brown and Starratt, 1975). Since that time, proctolin has been shown to be more widely distributed within insects, being present in the central nervous system, and associated with visceral and skeletal muscle (see Orchard et a1. 1989). Physiological studies subsequently revealed proctolin to be a co-transmitter at skeletal and visceral neuromuscular junctions (Adams and O’Shea, 1983; Lange et al., 1986).


Reproductive Tissue Abdominal Ganglion Cement Gland Varicose Axon Corpus Cardiacum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela B. Lange
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  1. 1.Dept. ZoologyUniv. Toronto, Erindale CollegeMississaugaCanada

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