In the present preliminary study, we used a gas chromatography–mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) method to identify and quantify steroid hormones, their precursors and metabolites in whole body of red palm weevil (RPW) R. ferrugineus adults. We identified a total of seven steroids by single ion monitoring mode (SIM) analysis and compared them to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) library. The steroids include: dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), estrone, estradiol-17β, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol and cholesterol, whereas pregnenolone, pregnan-20-one-17-hydroxy and corticosterone were not detected. This study shows that some invertebrate groups seem to use partially or totally comparable hormones to vertebrates and produce vertebrate-type steroids with functional roles. However, some steroids of the endocrine system of invertebrates are still lacking or yet to be identified in most phyla.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences