corpus allatum


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corpus allatum

[′kȯr·pəs ə′lād·əm]
(invertebrate zoology)
An endocrine structure near the brain of immature arthropods that secretes a juvenile hormone, neotenin.
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Tamar Sztal, a fellow PhD student in the lab, who is probably the most proficient among the three of us in the anatomy of the larvae, remarked, 'That's the corpus allatum, the organ that produces juvenile hormone, one of the most important hormones in insect development
The primary, and perhaps only, function of the corpus allatum is juvenile hormone synthesis.
The researchers removed the corpus allatum, the source of juvenile hormone, from newly emerged, female armyworm moths and compared these to their normal counterparts as well as to armyworm moths that underwent a sham operation.