versión impresa ISSN 0074-0276
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz v.90 n.5 Rio de Janeiro sept./oct. 1995
Existence of a sex pheromone in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduvidae): II. Electrophysiological correlatesBrito SanchezMaria G. deManriqueGabrielLazzariClaudio R. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas Buenos Aires Argentina 101995905649651The stimulus provided by a copulating pair of Triatoma infestans significantly affects the electrical activity of the nervous system of Triatoma infestans. Electrophysiological recordings were perfomed on stationary adult males presented with stimuli of an air current carrying odors from males, females, non-copulating pairs and mating pairs. The electrophysiological response was characterized by the low frequency occurrence of biphasic compound impulses. A significant increase in the frequency of the impulses occurred in stationary males when exposed to air currents of mating pairs, when compared to that evoked by a clean air stream. Analysis of the time course of the assays, showed that the electrophisiological activity during the copula was higher than prior to or after copula. The electrophysiological evidence presented here strongly supports the existence of pheromone(s) released by one or both sexes during mating and which is perceived by male chemoreceptors located on the antennae. TriatominaepheromonescommunicationelectrophysiologyChagas' diseaseFull text available only in PDF format.Texto completo disponível apenas em PDF.