Russell A Jurenka


Regulation of sex pheromone biosynthesis in moths, including study of receptors and signal transduction and biochemical pathways.  Eicosanoid biosynthesis and the immune response in insects. Cuticular hydrocarbon metabolism.  Development of natural product insect antifeedants.

Representative publications:

Jurenka, R., 2015. The PRXamide neuropeptide signaling system: conserved in animals. Advances in Insect Physiology 49, 123-170.

Worthington, A.M., Jurenka, R.A., Kelly, C.D., 2015. Mating for male-derived prostaglandin: a functional explanation for the increased fecundity of mated female crickets? Journal of  Experimental Biology 218, 2720-2727.

Hellmich, E., Nusawardani, T., Bartholomay, L., Jurenka, R., 2014. Pyrokinin/PBAN-like peptides in the central nervous system of mosquitoes. Cell and Tissue Research 356, 39-47.

Nusawardani, T., Kroemer, J.A., Choi, M.-Y., Jurenka, R.A., 2013. Identification and characterization of the pyrokinin/ pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide family of G protein-coupled receptors from Ostrinia nubilalis. Insect Molecular Biology 22, 331–340.

Blomquist, G.J., Jurenka, R., Schal, C., Tittiger, C., 2012. Pheromone production: biochemistry and molecular biology, in: Gilbert, L.I. (Ed.), Insect Endocrinology. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 523-567.

Jurenka, R., Nusawardani, T., 2011. The pyrokinin/ pheromone biosynthesis-activating neuropeptide (PBAN) family of peptides and their receptors in Insecta: evolutionary trace indicates potential receptor ligand-binding domains. Insect Molecular Biology 20, 323-334.

Choi, M.-Y., Jurenka, R.A., 2010. Site-directed mutagenesis and PBAN activation of the Helicoverpa zea PBAN-receptor. FEBS Letters 584, 1212-1216.

Choi, M.-Y., Fuerst, E.-J., Rafaeli, A., Jurenka, R., 2007. Role of extracellular domains in PBAN/Pyrokinin GPCRs from insects using chimera receptors. Insect Biochemistry Molecular Biology 37, 296-306.

Choi, M.-Y., Groot, A., Jurenka, R., 2005. Pheromone biosynthetic pathways in the moths Heliothis subflexa and Heliothis virescens. Archives Insect Biochemistry Physiology 59, 53-58.

Choi, M.-Y., Fuerst, E.-J., Rafaeli, A., Jurenka, R., 2003. Identification of a G protein-coupled receptor for pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide from pheromone glands of the moth, Helicoverpa zea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 100, 9721-9726.

Jurenka, R.A., Subchev, M., Abad, J.-L., Choi, M.-Y., Fabriàs, G., 2003. Sex pheromone biosynthetic pathway for disparlure in the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. PNAS 100, 809-814.


Area of Expertise: 
Insect Physiology/Biochemistry
B.S., Zoology, Montana State University, 1979
M.S., Entomology, Montana State University, 1982
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Nevada-Reno, 1987
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