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      Insulin signaling and the regulation of insect diapause

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      diapause, dauer, insulin signaling, FOXO, Culex pipiens

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          A rich chapter in the history of insect endocrinology has focused on hormonal control of diapause, especially the major roles played by juvenile hormones (JHs), ecdysteroids, and the neuropeptides that govern JH and ecdysteroid synthesis. More recently, experiments with adult diapause in Drosophila melanogaster and the mosquito Culex pipiens, and pupal diapause in the flesh fly Sarcophaga crassipalpis provide strong evidence that insulin signaling is also an important component of the regulatory pathway leading to the diapause phenotype. Insects produce many different insulin-like peptides (ILPs), and not all are involved in the diapause response; ILP-1 appears to be the one most closely linked to diapause in C. pipiens. Many steps in the pathway leading from perception of daylength (the primary environmental cue used to program diapause) to generation of the diapause phenotype remain unknown, but the role for insulin signaling in mosquito diapause appears to be upstream of JH, as evidenced by the fact that application of exogenous JH can rescue the effects of knocking down expression of ILP-1 or the Insulin Receptor. Fat accumulation, enhancement of stress tolerance, and other features of the diapause phenotype are likely linked to the insulin pathway through the action of a key transcription factor, FOXO. This review highlights many parallels for the role of insulin signaling as a regulator in insect diapause and dauer formation in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

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                Front Physiol
                Front Physiol
                Front. Physiol.
                Frontiers in Physiology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                26 May 2013
                22 July 2013
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                1Department of Biology, Baylor University Waco, TX, USA
                2Departments of Entomology and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University Columbus, OH, USA
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                Edited by: Xanthe Vafopoulou, York University, Canada

                Reviewed by: Hong Lei, University of Arizona, USA; Michael Strand, University of Georgia, USA

                *Correspondence: Cheolho Sim, Department of Biology, Baylor University, A119, Baylor Science Building, 101 Bagby Avenue, Waco, TX 76798, USA e-mail: cheolho_sim@;
                David L. Denlinger, Departments of Entomology and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, 300 Aronoff Laboratory, 318 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA e-mail: denlinger.1@

                This article was submitted to Frontiers in Invertebrate Physiology, a specialty of Frontiers in Physiology.

                Copyright © 2013 Sim and Denlinger.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and subject to any copyright notices concerning any third-party graphics etc.

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