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Protein Traffic Between Body Compartments of the Female Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera L.)

  • Yoseph Rakover
  • Yaacov Lensky


Several “anatomical compartments” of the female honey bee body have bee studied: 1.: Exocrine compartments (the venom gland and the head glands). 2.: Internal organs (ovaries and fat body). 3.: The haemolymph that bathes the above mentioned compartments. To explore the protein traffic from the haemolymph to the exocrine or external body compartments immunological and electrophoretic methods were used. The studies did not show any immunological identity between the proteins of larval food, venom and haemolymph but most of the haemolymph antigens were common with those of ovaries and fat body. A tentative model of the protein traffic between honey bee body compartments is proposed:
  1. a.

    Some compartments are enveloped by a cellular layer (venom and head glands) which prevents the macromolecular traffic between these compartments and the haemolymph.

  2. b.

    Some other compartments are lined by a cellular layer (fat body and ovaries), allowing macromolecular traffic between organs through the haemolymph.


The traffic of macromolecules between the body compartments of the female honey bee may serve as a biological model and help in understanding the process in medical and pharmacological disciplines.


Royal Jelly Exocrine Gland Venom Gland Body Compartment Cellular Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoseph Rakover
    • 1
  • Yaacov Lensky
    • 2
  1. 1.Otorhinolaryngology DepartmentCentral Emek HospitalAfulaIsrael
  2. 2.Triwaks Bee Research CenterHebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of AgricultureRehovotIsrael

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