Immunostaining for allatotropin and allatostatin-A and -C in the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Anopheles albimanus

Cell Tissue Res. 2005 Jul;321(1):105-13. doi: 10.1007/s00441-005-1133-5. Epub 2005 May 21.


Confocal laser-scanning microscopy was used to carry out a comparative study of the immunostaining for three families of neuropeptides, viz., allatostatin-A (AS-A), allatostatin-C (AS-C) and allatotropin (AT), in adult female mosquitoes of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles albimanus. The specific patterns of immunostaining for each of the three peptides were similar in both species. The antisera raised against AT, AS-A, and AS-C revealed intense immunoreactivity in the cells of each protocerebral lobe of the brain and stained cells in each of the ventral ganglia and neuronal projections innervating various thoracic and abdominal tissues. Only the AS-A antiserum labeled immunoreactive endocrine cells in the midgut. The distribution of the peptides supports the concept that they play multiple regulatory roles in both species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aedes / chemistry*
  • Animals
  • Anopheles / chemistry*
  • Culicidae / chemistry*
  • Female
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Insect Hormones / metabolism*
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Neuropeptides / metabolism*
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Insect Hormones
  • Neuropeptides
  • allatotropin