Molecular Mechanisms of Sex Pheromone Reception in Moths

  • Yusuke Shiota
  • Takeshi SakuraiEmail author
Part of the Entomology Monographs book series (ENTMON)


Male moths locate their mates using species-specific sex pheromones emitted by conspecific females. One striking feature of sex pheromone detection in male moths is the high degree of specificity and sensitivity at all levels from sensory to behavior. In recent years, significant progress has been made elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the reception of sex pheromones, which involve several molecular components, such as pheromone-binding proteins, olfactory receptor co-receptor proteins, sex pheromone receptor proteins, and sensory neuron membrane proteins. In this chapter, we focus on these latest advances and discuss what they unraveled about underlying mechanisms of specific and sensitive detection of sex pheromones in moths.


Sex pheromone reception Pheromone-binding proteins Pheromone receptors Sensory neuron membrane proteins 


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  1. 1.Reseach Center for Advanced Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Innovation for Sustainable Society, Faculty of AgricultureTokyo University of AgricultureAtsugiJapan

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