Esterases have been a major part of insect biochemical research over the last 50 years. As an important component of insects? xenobiotic defence system, they have long been a focus for studies of chemical insecticide metabolism and resistance. Additionally, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) was a target for the early organophosphate (OP) and carbamate compounds. Other esterases have been implicated in the metabolism of specific hormones and pheromones and, consequently, in various aspects of insect development and behavior. Many esterases are easily scored by isozyme electrophoresis, with multiple isozymes and their high levels of genetic variation making them tractable, informative tools for a variety of biochemical and ecological genetic studies.
|Title of host publication||Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science|
|Editors||Lawrence I Gilbert, Kostas Iatrou, Sarjeeet S Gill|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Pages||1 - 73|
|Number of pages||73|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|