Oosorption in the endoparasitoid, Pteromalus puparum

Jian Yang Guo, Sheng Zhang Dong, Gong Yin Ye, Kai Li, Jia Ying Zhu, Qi Fang, Cui Hu

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Oosorption is the resorption of oocytes in the ovaries, and is usually induced by environmental stress. It has been demonstrated in some insect species, but overall the mechanisms of oosorption are poorly understood. In this study, the oosorption in the endoparasitic wasp, Pteromalus puparum L. (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), was observed in response to starvation. To explore the details of oosorption in P. puparum, both levels of hemolymph vitellogenin and ovarian vitellin were determined using sandwich ELISA. The results indicated that both levels of vitellin and total protein in the ovaries were significantly decreased 48 h after eclosion in starved P. puparum, while those of vitellogenin and total protein in the hemolymph were increased. In addition, observation of the ultrastructure of mature oocytes in the ovarioles revealed changes in yolk protein content. Those protein yolk spheres and lipid yolk spheres that had accumulated in the oocytes, were transferred out of the oocytes of starved females. It was assumed that once oosorption was induced in P. puparum, vitellin in the oocytes was transported outside and released into the hemolymph. This information helps to elucidate a mechanism of oosorption in insects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number90
JournalJournal of Insect Science
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • oocyte
  • starvation
  • ultrastructure
  • vitellin
  • vitellogenin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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