Identification and localization of a novel ecdysone oxidase in the silkworm, bombyx mori

Kohji Yamamoto, Sumiharu Nagaoka

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Ecdysone oxidase (EO) is an enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of ecdysteroids, the molting steroid hormones in insects. This enzyme may play important roles in the conversion of ecdysteroids to 3-dehydroecdyster-oids. In this study, we identified a novel EO, designated bmEO2, from the silkworm, Bombyx mori. A cDNA encoding bmEO2 was cloned by employing the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tech-nique. The deduced amino acid sequence of bmEO2 showed conserved residues and sequence homology to other known insect EOs and glucose dehydrogenase proteins. Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that the bmEO2 transcript was abundantly present in larval testes of B. mori.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Insect Biotechnology and Sericology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Insect Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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