Nassonow's gland consists of a number of cells with ducts that open on to the ventral surface of the brood canal in the cephalothoracic region of a neotenic female strepsipteran. The structural organization of the gland is reminiscent of the class 3 of the epidermal gland cells as defined by Noirot and Quennedey [Ann. Rev. Entomol. 19 (1974) 61], which consists of secretory and duct forming cells. The ultrastructure of the Nassonow's gland is described in female Xenos vesparum (Rossi) parasitic in the social wasp Polistes dominulus Christ. The large secretory cells are clustered in groups of three to four, rich in smooth endoplasmic reticulum and produce a secretion made up of lipids. In young females, just before mating, the ultrastructure of the cells and their inclusions indicate that they are active. In old-mated females the Nassonow's gland degenerates. Microvilli line an extracellular cavity and there are pores present in the irregularly thick cuticle of the efferent duct. The small duct forming cells, intermingle with epidermal cells, overlap secretory cells and produce a long efferent duct, the cuticle of which becomes thick close to its opening in the brood canal. Nassonow's gland could be the source of a sex pheromone, which might be capable of attracting the free-living male to a permanently endoparasitic female. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Fine structure of the Nassonow's gland in the neotenic endoparasitic of female Xenos vesparum (Rossi) (Strepsitera, Insecta)|
|Citazione:||Dallai, R., Lupetti, P., Giusti, F., Mercati, D., Paccagnini, E., Turillazzi, S., et al. (2004). Fine structure of the Nassonow's gland in the neotenic endoparasitic of female Xenos vesparum (Rossi) (Strepsitera, Insecta). TISSUE & CELL, 36(3), 211-220.|
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