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Identification of Methyl Farnesoate in the Hemolymph of the Mediterranean Deep-Sea Species Norway Lobster, Nephrops Norvegicus

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Abstract Methyl farnesoate (MF) was identified for the first time in the hemolymph of Nephrops norvegicus from Mediterranean deep-sea waters (around 500 m) by gas chromatography-mass spectometry and quantified by liquid chromatography. The MF was present in females as well as in males, although no clear-cut differences between sexes were observed. Levels of MF found in the hemolymph of intact animals were 0.5–1.0 ng/ml irrespective of the sex. Although the observations are still limited, females showed oscillations in MF that seem to parallel the vitellogenic cycle. Eyestalk ablation, in both males and females, caused a 10-fold increase in MF hemolymph levels.

Affiliations: 1: c Department of Physiology and Molecular Biodiversity, Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona (CID-CSIC), Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain ; 2: a Institut de Ciències del Mar, C.S.I.C. Passeig Joan de Borbó s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain ; 3: e Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 75 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06268, U.S.A.


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