Genomics and transcriptomics of the molting gland (Y-organ) in the blackback land crab, Gecarcinus lateralis
Molting is required for growth and development in crustaceans. In the blackback land crab Gecarcinus lateralis, molting is stimulated by ecdysteroids, hormones produced in the Y-organ (YO). Throughout the molting cycle, the YO demonstrates phenotypic plasticity. The phenotypic plasticity is correlated with the stages of the molt cycle, during which YO ecdysteroid production varies. During intermolt, the longest stage of the molt cycle, the circulating ecdysteroid titers are low and molting is suppressed. In preparation for molting, the YO increases ecdysteroid production during premolt. ...
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