• Probable endocrine role of midgut tissue in stimulation of digestive enzyme secretion inOryctes rhinoceros (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

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      Coconut rhinoceros beetle; Oryctes rhinoceros ; digestive enzymes; gut hormone

    • Abstract


      The effect of midgut epithelial extract on digestive enzyme secretion in the third instar larva ofOryctes rhinoceros was studied. Midguts dissected out from third instar larvae were cut at both ends, emptied of their contents, washed in insect saline, ligated at the open ends and incubated in a medium containing extract of 2 midgut epithelia/10 ml incubation solution. In control experiments midgut preparations were incubated in insect saline without midgut epithelial extract. After 30 min of incubation, the contents of the midgut preparations incubated with midgut epithelial extract showed increased secretion of protease and amylase when compared with controls. Digestive enzyme release into gut lumen appears to be due to the action of a hormone present in the midgut epithelium.

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      S Sreekumar1 V K K Prabhu1

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Trivandrum - 695 581, India
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