Author

Sunny Kim

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Gordon Atkins

Abstract

The phonotactic response of female Acheta domesticus to the male's calling song is modulated by hormones. The presence of Juvenile Hormone III in the supraesophageal ganglion causes crickets to be more selective. This project evaluates the possibility of a second messenger system involving protein kinase C as the molecular mechanism of Juvenile Hormone III control. A solution of Juvenile Hormone III and a protein kinase C blocker was nanoinjected into the supraesophageal ganglion of nselective female crickets, causing them to remain unselective. This suggests that Juvenile Hormone III utilizes a protein kinase C-mediated second messenger system.

Subject Area

Protein kinases., House cricket, Crickets--Behavior., House cricket--Physiology., Insect hormones., Juvenile hormones

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