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Differential utilization of blood meal amino acids in mosquitoes

Roger L. Miesfeld;
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  • Published: 16 Sep 2009 Journal: Open Access Insect Physiology, volume Volume 1, pages 1-12 (eissn: 1179-2787, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Guoli Zhou, Roger MiesfeldDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USAAbstract: Amino acids in the mosquito blood meal have two forms, protein-bound and plasma-free amino acids. To determine if the metabolic fate and flux of these two forms of blood meal amino acids are distinct, we fed mosquitoes eight [14C]-labeled amino acids, seven of which are essential for mosquitoes (leucine, valine, isoleucine, phenylalanine, lysine, arginine, histidine), and one that can be readily converted to metabolic fuel (alanine). These 14C tracer amino acids were either incorporated into an in vitro synthesized protein (protein-bound) and fed w...
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free text keywords: Open Access Insect Physiology, Phenylalanine, Biochemistry, Leucine, Alanine, Blood meal, Amino acid, chemistry.chemical_classification, chemistry, Biology, Isoleucine, Valine, Egg protein
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 5R01AI046451-03
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