Modulation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) sting response by octopamine

Brian D Burrell, Brian H. Smith

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The ability of octopamine (OA) to modulate various parameters of the honey bee sting response was observed using an isolated abdominal preparation. OA reduced the level of rhythmic neuromuscular activity (as measured by electromyogram recordings) during stimulated stinging response trials, but did not alter the activity in pre-stimulation baseline trials or post-stimulation recovery trials. However, OA also potentiated reflexive sting extension responses and this potentiation persisted for at least 3 h. The different effects of OA on this behavior indicate that there are multiple targets for the neuromodulatory activity of OA on the sting response and that these targets may include muscular, motorneural, sensory or integrative elements responsible for generating stinging behavior. In addition, rates of oxygen (O2) consumption by abdominal preparations were found to be unaffected by OA treatment, indicating that respiration in the abdomen is not sensitive to OA modulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-680
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Insect Physiology
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

Fingerprint

Octopamine
octopamine
Honey
Bees
Bites and Stings
Apis mellifera
honey bees
stinging
Aptitude
electromyography
Electromyography
Oxygen Consumption
abdomen
Abdomen
breathing
Respiration
oxygen

Keywords

  • Apis mellifera
  • Honey bee
  • Modulation
  • Octopamine
  • Stinging behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Insect Science

Cite this

Modulation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) sting response by octopamine. / Burrell, Brian D; Smith, Brian H.

In: Journal of Insect Physiology, Vol. 41, No. 8, 01.01.1995, p. 671-680.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{3c07b1f35083402a8a8fdbb929a9638f,
title = "Modulation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) sting response by octopamine",
abstract = "The ability of octopamine (OA) to modulate various parameters of the honey bee sting response was observed using an isolated abdominal preparation. OA reduced the level of rhythmic neuromuscular activity (as measured by electromyogram recordings) during stimulated stinging response trials, but did not alter the activity in pre-stimulation baseline trials or post-stimulation recovery trials. However, OA also potentiated reflexive sting extension responses and this potentiation persisted for at least 3 h. The different effects of OA on this behavior indicate that there are multiple targets for the neuromodulatory activity of OA on the sting response and that these targets may include muscular, motorneural, sensory or integrative elements responsible for generating stinging behavior. In addition, rates of oxygen (O2) consumption by abdominal preparations were found to be unaffected by OA treatment, indicating that respiration in the abdomen is not sensitive to OA modulation.",
keywords = "Apis mellifera, Honey bee, Modulation, Octopamine, Stinging behavior",
author = "Burrell, {Brian D} and Smith, {Brian H.}",
year = "1995",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/0022-1910(95)00022-M",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "41",
pages = "671--680",
journal = "Journal of Insect Physiology",
issn = "0022-1910",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "8",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Modulation of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) sting response by octopamine

AU - Burrell, Brian D

AU - Smith, Brian H.

PY - 1995/1/1

Y1 - 1995/1/1

N2 - The ability of octopamine (OA) to modulate various parameters of the honey bee sting response was observed using an isolated abdominal preparation. OA reduced the level of rhythmic neuromuscular activity (as measured by electromyogram recordings) during stimulated stinging response trials, but did not alter the activity in pre-stimulation baseline trials or post-stimulation recovery trials. However, OA also potentiated reflexive sting extension responses and this potentiation persisted for at least 3 h. The different effects of OA on this behavior indicate that there are multiple targets for the neuromodulatory activity of OA on the sting response and that these targets may include muscular, motorneural, sensory or integrative elements responsible for generating stinging behavior. In addition, rates of oxygen (O2) consumption by abdominal preparations were found to be unaffected by OA treatment, indicating that respiration in the abdomen is not sensitive to OA modulation.

AB - The ability of octopamine (OA) to modulate various parameters of the honey bee sting response was observed using an isolated abdominal preparation. OA reduced the level of rhythmic neuromuscular activity (as measured by electromyogram recordings) during stimulated stinging response trials, but did not alter the activity in pre-stimulation baseline trials or post-stimulation recovery trials. However, OA also potentiated reflexive sting extension responses and this potentiation persisted for at least 3 h. The different effects of OA on this behavior indicate that there are multiple targets for the neuromodulatory activity of OA on the sting response and that these targets may include muscular, motorneural, sensory or integrative elements responsible for generating stinging behavior. In addition, rates of oxygen (O2) consumption by abdominal preparations were found to be unaffected by OA treatment, indicating that respiration in the abdomen is not sensitive to OA modulation.

KW - Apis mellifera

KW - Honey bee

KW - Modulation

KW - Octopamine

KW - Stinging behavior

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0028869890&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0028869890&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/0022-1910(95)00022-M

DO - 10.1016/0022-1910(95)00022-M

M3 - Article

VL - 41

SP - 671

EP - 680

JO - Journal of Insect Physiology

JF - Journal of Insect Physiology

SN - 0022-1910

IS - 8

ER -