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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 90, No. 5, 1995, pp. 649-652
Bioline Code: oc95132
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 90, No. 5, 1995, pp. 649-652

 en Existence of a sex pheromone in Triatoma infestans (hemiptera: reduviidae): ii. Electrophysiological correlates
Maria G de Brito Sanchez; Gabriel Manrique & Claudio R Lazzari

Abstract

The stimulus provided by a copulating pair of Triatoma
infestans significantly affects the electrical activity of the
nervous system of Triatoma infestans.  Electrophysiological
recordings were performed on stationary adult males presented
with stimuli of an air current carrying odors from males,
females, non-copulating pairs and mating pairs.  The
electrophysiological response was characterized by the low
frequency occurrence of biphasic compound impulses.  A
significant increase in the frequency of the impulses occurred
in stationary males when exposed to air currents of mating
pairs, when compared to that evoked by a clean air stream. 
Analysis of the time course of the assays, showed that the
electrophysiological activity during the copula was higher
than prior to or after copula.  The electrophysiological
evidence presented here strongly supports the existence of
pheromone(s) released by one or both sexes during mating and
which is perceived by male chemoreceptors located on the
antennae.

Keywords
Triatominae - pheromones - communication - electrophysiology - Chagas' disease

 
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