The main goal of this lab is to understand how nutrition regulates key physiological processes in insects. Thus, its main interest lies in unravelling how the insulin receptor pathway controls reproduction, and also how insects regulate the expression of insulin-like peptides (ILPs), the putative effectors of the signalling pathway. In addition to this, the Nutritional Signals in Insects lab, in collaboration with the Insect Reproduction Lab, studies how interference RNA (RNAi) works in insects, the enzymes involved and their functions and the mechanisms of production and selection of the small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that are generated.

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Publicaciones Publicaciones

Süren-Castillo, S.; Abrisqueta, M.; Maestro, J.L.  2012. FoxO inhibits juvenile hormone biosynthesis and vitellogenin production in the German cockroachInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 42: 491-498.


Maestro, JL.; Tobe. S.S, Bellés, X. 2011. Leucomyosuppressin modulates cardiac rhythm in the cockroach Blattella germanicaJournal of Insect Physiology 57: 1677-1681. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.(2011).09.001

Abrisqueta, M.; Süren-Castillo, S.; and Maestro, J.L. 2017. S6 protein kinase activates juvenile hormone and vitellogenin production in the cockroach Blattella germanica. Physiol. Entomol. 42, 10-16.

Rahman, M.M.;Franch-Marro, X.;Maestro, J.L.;Martin, D.;Casali, A. 2017. Local Juvenile Hormone activity regulates gut homeostasis and tumor growth in adult Drosophila. Scientific Reports . 7:Article number: 11677


Borras-Castells, F.; Nieva, C.; Maestro, J.L.; Maestro, O.; Belles, X.; Martín, D. 2017. Juvenile hormone biosynthesis in adult Blattella germanica requires nuclear receptors Seven-up and FTZ-F1. Sci Rep 7:40234.

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