Sexual behavior: a seminal peptide stimulates appetites

Curr Biol. 2006 Apr 4;16(7):R256-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.03.003.

Abstract

A new study shows that female fruitflies eat more after mating, and that a multi-functional peptide provided in the seminal fluid of their mates induces this behavior. These findings contribute significantly to our understanding of mating behaviors and resource allocation, and may provide insights useful for controlling the reproduction of insect pests.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Copulation / physiology*
  • Drosophila / metabolism
  • Drosophila / physiology*
  • Drosophila Proteins / metabolism
  • Drosophila Proteins / physiology*
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology*
  • Female
  • Insect Hormones / metabolism
  • Insect Hormones / physiology*
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Male
  • Peptides / metabolism
  • Peptides / physiology*

Substances

  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Insect Hormones
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Mst57Dc protein, Drosophila
  • Peptides