Adipokinetic hormones provide inference for the phylogeny of Odonata

Gerd Gäde, Petr Simek, Howard W. Fescemyer

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Adipokinetic neuropeptides from the corpora cardiaca of 17 species of Odonata encompassing mainly the families Corduliidae and Libellulidae were isolated and structurally elucidated using liquid chromatography coupled with ion trap electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. It became evident that all species of the family Corduliidae studied express the peptide code-named Libau-AKH (pGlu-Val-Asn-Phe-Thr-Pro-Ser-Trp amide), which is also present in all but one libellulid species, Erythemis simplicicollis which expresses Erysi-AKH (pGlu-Leu-Asn-Phe-Thr-Pro-Ser-Trp amide). This divergence from all other Libellulids is due to a nonsynonymous missense single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the nucleotide coding sequence (CDS) of prepro-AKH CDS and supports the polyphyletic nature of Sympetrinae and other subfamilies of libellulids. Despite this exception, these findings then support the hypothesis that Corduliidae and Libellulidae are closely related as stated in most phylogenies. The presence of Anaim-AKH (pGlu-Val-Asn-Phe-Ser-Pro-Ser-Trp amide) in Macromiidae likely distinguishes species in this family from Corduliidae. Current molecular genetic phylogenies and our AKH findings suggest that Syncordulia gracilis, which expresses Anaim-AKH, does not belong in Corduliidae. Evolution of AKHs in anisopteran Odonata are likely due to nucleotide substitution involving nonsynonymous missense SNPs in the CDS of prepro-AKH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Insect Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Insect Science


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