Immunocytochemical localization of neurons in the nervous system of the Colorado potato beetle with antisera against FMRFamide and bovine pancreatic polypeptide

Cell Tissue Res. 1984;235(2):303-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00217854.


Particular neurons in the nervous system of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, are recognized by antisera against bovine pancreatic polypeptide and FMRFamide. Both antisera react with the same neurons. Solid phase absorptions showed that antiserum against bovine pancreatic polypeptide cross-reacts with FMRFamide, whereas antiserum against FMRFamide cross-reacts with bovine pancreatic polypeptide. Some of the immunoreactive neurons have axons branching extensively within the neuropile, which suggests that the peptide is used as transmitter. In the corpus cardiacum, a neurohaemal organ in insects, numerous immunoreactive axon terminals are present. Here, the peptide material is presumably released as a hormone.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • Coleoptera / physiology*
  • FMRFamide
  • Immune Sera
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Nervous System / cytology*
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Oligopeptides / analysis*
  • Pancreatic Polypeptide / analysis*


  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • Immune Sera
  • Oligopeptides
  • Pancreatic Polypeptide
  • FMRFamide