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Insect ryanodine receptors: Molecular targets for novel pest control chemicals

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tim Cheek


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Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are a distinct class of ligand-gated calcium channels controlling the release of calcium from intracellular stores. They are located on the sarcoplasmic reticulum of muscle and the endoplasmic reticulum of neurons and many other cell types. Ryanodine, a plant alkaloid and an important ligand used to characterize and purify the receptor, has served as a natural botanical insecticide, but attempts to generate synthetic commercial analogues of ryanodine have proved unsuccessful. Recently two classes of synthetic chemicals have emerged resulting in commercial insecticides that target insect RyRs. The phthalic acid diamide class has yielded flubendiamide, the first synthetic ryanodine receptor insecticide to be commercialized. Shortly after the discovery of the phthalic diamides, the anthranilic diamides were discovered. This class has produced the insecticides Rynaxypyr® and Cyazypyr™. Here we review the structure and functions of insect RyRs and address the modes of action of phthalic acid diamides and anthranilic diamides on insect ryanodine receptors. Particularly intersting is the inherent selectivity both chemical classes exhibit for insect RyRs over their mammalian counterparts. The future prospects for RyRs as a commercially-validated target site for insect control chemicals are also considered. © 2008 Springer-Verlag.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sattelle DB, Cordova D, Cheek TR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Invertebrate Neuroscience

Year: 2008

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 107-119

ISSN (print): 1354-2516

ISSN (electronic): 1439-1104

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10158-008-0076-4


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