The short neuropeptide F-like receptor from the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Academic Article uri icon


  • In invertebrates, neuropeptide F (NPF) peptides share structural similarity with vertebrate neuropeptide Y, which regulates food consumption, circadian rhythms, anxiety, and other physiological processes. The insect neuropeptide F receptors belong to the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) rhodopsin family. We have cloned the fire ant putative short NPF receptor using PCR and RACE methods. The complete 2,185-bp cDNA encodes a 387-residue protein with a predicted GPCR seven transmembrane region structure. We propose that the sequence of the honey bee short NPF receptor, which has not yet been annotated, encodes a protein of 393 residues. In fire ant mated queens, receptor transcripts were detected in the brain, midgut, hindgut, Malpighian tubules, fat body, and ovaries. The highest transcriptional expression was found in the brain. The downregulation of the fire ant short NPF receptor transcriptional expression in the brain with starvation suggests that the short NPF signal transduction cascade may play a role in feeding regulation in fire ant mated queens.

published proceedings

  • Arch Insect Biochem Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, M., & Pietrantonio, P. V.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Chen, Mei-Er||Pietrantonio, Patricia V

publication date

  • April 2006