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Dissection of Oenocytes from Adult Drosophila melanogaster

DOI :

10.3791/2242-v

July 18th, 2010

July 18th, 2010

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1Department of Biology, University of Toronto

In insects, the oenocytes produce cuticular hydrocarbon compounds. These compounds protect against desiccation and facilitate chemical communication. Here we demonstrate a dissection technique used to isolate the oenocytes from adult Drosophila melanogaster, and illustrate how this preparation can be utilized to study genes involved in hydrocarbon synthesis.

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