Presence of chitinase in adult Varroa destructor, an ectoparasitic mite of Apis mellifera

Abstract : The enzyme spectrum of an ectoparasitic mite of the honeybee,Varroa destructor (Anderson and Trueman) was studied usinga semi-quantitative method, especially designed for complex samples which havenot been purified. Exopeptidases and phosphatases are shown present. Achitinaseand enzymes able to transform carbohydrates are also present with a largerange in the intensity of the reaction. The role of the chitinase can berelatedto the supply of nutritional needs or/and the piercing and sucking behaviour ofthe adult parasite. Chitinase activity could be one factor influencing thebalance between the parasite and its host.
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Marc Colin, Marc Tchamitchian, Jean-Marc Bonmatin, Sylvie Di Pasquale. Presence of chitinase in adult Varroa destructor, an ectoparasitic mite of Apis mellifera. Experimental and Applied Acarology, Springer Verlag, 2001, 25 (12), pp.947-955. ⟨10.1023/A:1020657906024⟩. ⟨hal-02082513⟩

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