Effects of Potato Beetle Hemolymph Injections on Physiological Responses in the Albino Rat

  • Gesinski R
  • Rice S
  • Parker R
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The hemolymph of both the potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, and the false potato beetle, Leptinotarsa juncta, injected intraperitoneally into white rats produced deviant physiological responses. Monitoring showed a decrease in injected rats' temperatures. Injected rats showed an increase in serum glucose and serum urea. An increase in the serum-enzyme activity of serum glutamic pyruvic transaminace, serum glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, and lactic dehydrogenase also occurred. Fluctuations in serum ions showed a decrease in sodium concentration, but an increase in levels of potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. Beetle-hemolymph injections appeared to cause a change in the rats' hemic tissue intergrity. Perturbation of the hemic integrity resulted in a state of shock which resembled anaphylactic shock.

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  • ISSN: 0030-0950
  • PUI: 5112039
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0016284409
  • SGR: 0016284409


  • Raymond M Gesinski

  • Stanley D Rice

  • Reno Parker

  • Thomas C Poder

  • Sam R McClelland

  • Robert L Decarlo

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