Protein Synthesis in Relation to Insect Aging: An Overview
Nearly 40 years ago, V.B. Wigglesworth (1948) stated: “Insects…are so varied in form, so rich in species, and adapted to such diverse conditions of life that they afford unrivalled opportunities for physiological study…. They are extremely tolerant of operation; they are so varied in form and habit that some species suited to the problem in hand can surely be found; and their small size makes it possible for the observer to be constantly aware of the whole while focusing his attention upon the part.” One “problem in hand” for which insects are particularly well suited is that of aging, a function of the insect’s life span. The latter varies widely among insect taxa, ranging from about a day for some adult mayflies, up to two years for certain roaches, and as long as 15 years for well-nourished ant queens.
KeywordsProtein Synthesis Chain Elongation Accessory Gland Musca Domestica Mech Ageing
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