Developmental expression of Manduca shade, the P450 mediating the final step in molting hormone synthesis

Department of Life Sciences and Chemistry, Roskilde University, P.O. Box 260, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark.
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 4.41). 04/2006; 247(1-2):166-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.mce.2005.12.053
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The ecdysone 20-monooxygenase (E20MO; 20-hydroxylase) is the enzyme that mediates the conversion of ecdysone (E) to the active insect molting hormone, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), which coordinates developmental progression. We report the identification and developmental expression of the Halloween gene shade (shd; CYP314A1) that encodes the E20MO in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Manduca Shd (MsShd) mediates the conversion of E to 20E when expressed in Drosophila S2 cells. In accord with the central dogma, the data show that Msshd is expressed mainly in the midgut, Malpighian tubules, fat body and epidermis with very low expression in the prothoracic gland and nervous system. Developmental variations in E20MO enzymatic activity are almost perfectly correlated with comparable changes in the gene expression of Msshd in the fat body and midgut during the fifth instar and the beginning of pupal-adult development. The results indicate three successive and overlapping peaks of expression in the fat body, midgut and Malpighian tubules, respectively, during the fifth larval instar. The data suggest that precise tissue-specific transcriptional regulation controls the levels, and thereby the activity, of the Manduca E20MO.

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    • "E20M) is the insect cytochrome P450-dependent steroid hydroxylase responsible for the conversion of the arthropod molting hormone ecdysone (E) to its more active metabolite, namely, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) [1] [2]. The nature, regulation, and molecular biology of E20M were elucidated predominantly employing the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, as the model [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]. Indeed, the developmental impact of E20M was made evident in midgut tissue of the M. sexta fifth larval instar where E20M activity increases 50-fold between days four and five of the stadium and this increase is inextricably tied to the onset of wandering stage behavior [1] [8] [9]. "
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    • "This suggests that other tissues may have roles in ecdysteroid biosynthesis. According to previous studies, Malphigian tubules may release 20E into the hemolymph, whereas the midgut accumulates polar ecdysteroid metabolites prior to their excretion (Feyereisen et al. 1978, 1980; Rewitz et al. 2006b), which indicates that the Malpighian tubules may function not only in the excretion of 20E but also in maintaining the hemolymph 20E titer that is elicited during molting to the pupa. Moreover, recent work showed that 20E was involved in the differentiation of stem cells from the midgut of the caterpillar S. littoralis (Smagghe et al. 2005). "
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    • "Despite the large numbers of P450s found in insects, the number of orthologous P450s conserved between insects is small. In general, it has been observed that conserved P450s have developmental roles, such as the P450s involved in 20E biosynthesis in D. melanogaster and Manduca sexta, [43]–[45]. The conservation of Cyp301a1 in insects indicates that Cyp301a1 is likely to play an important role. "
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