He X1, Tzotzos G, Woodcock C, Pickett JA, Hooper T, Field LM, Zhou JJ.
J Chem Ecol. 2010 Dec;36(12):1293-305. doi: 10.1007/s10886-010-9870-7. Epub 2010 Oct 28.Insects use olfactory cues to locate hosts and mates. Pheromones and other semiochemicals are transported in the insect antenna by odorant-binding proteins (OBPs), which ferry the signals across the sensillum lymph to the olfactory receptors (ORs). In the silkworm, Bombyx mori (L.), two OBP subfamilies, the pheromone-binding proteins (PBPs) and the general odorant-binding proteins (GOBPs), are thought to be involved in both sensing and transporting the sex pheromone, bombykol [(10E,12Z)-hexadecadien-1-ol], and host volatiles, respectively. Read More