Occurrence of ion transport peptide (ITP) and ion transport-like peptide (ITP-L) in orthopteroids

Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 1999;40(2):107-18. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6327(1999)40:2<107::AID-ARCH5>3.0.CO;2-B.


Comparison of the sequence and biological activity of ITP-related proteins from other insects on Schistocerca hindgut will provide further understanding of ITP interaction with its receptor (ITPR) and may thus open new avenues of insect pest control if good ITPR antagonists can be developed. Using a specific bioassay (measurement of ileal Cl- transport) and Western blot analysis with antibodies raised to Schistocerca ion transport peptide (ScgITP) sequences, we demonstrate stimulatory ITP-related peptides in the corpora cardiaca (CC) of several othopteran insects (Schistocerca gregaria, Locusta migratoria, Melanoplus sanguinipes, Xanthippus corallipes, Carausius morosus, Periplaneta americana and Acheta domesticus.). For the first time, we have immunologically detected ITP in Schistocerca brain, the tissue in which ITP transcripts are found and which has some activity in the bioassay. Neither reciprocal bioassays nor immunological results reveal any differences between two locust species, Locusta and Schistocerca, which is consistent with cDNA analysis. Using Schistocerca-derived primers and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), we show that Locusta brain contains RNA encoding for peptides with identical sequence to ScgITP and with only a single neutral amino acid change from Schistocerca ion transport-like peptide (ScgITP-L). We present evidence that ITP-L transcripts are present in at least 3 locust/grasshopper genera but have been unable to detect ITP-L peptide to date in any tissues assayed by Western blotting at a detection limit of 0.8 pmol/tissue. Results indicate high conservation of ITP structure and biological activity among these orthopteroids, in contrast to several other insect orders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Western
  • Carrier Proteins / analysis*
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • DNA, Complementary / chemistry
  • Grasshoppers
  • Insect Hormones / analysis*
  • Insect Proteins*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neuropeptides / analysis*
  • Neuropeptides / genetics
  • Orthoptera / chemistry*
  • Spodoptera


  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Insect Hormones
  • Insect Proteins
  • Neuropeptides
  • ion-transport peptide, Schistocerca gregaria