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  • Montañés, J.C., Rojano, C., Ylla, G., Piulachs, M.D. and Maestro, J.L. (2020). siRNA enrichment in Argonaute 2-depleted Blattella germanica. bioRxiv doi:10.1101/2021.02.11.430758 [pdf]
  • Castro-Arnau, J., Marín, A., Castells, M., Ferrer, I. and Maestro, J.L. (2019). The expression of cockroach insulin-like peptides is differentially regulated by physiological conditions and affected by compensatory regulation. Journal of Insect Physiology 114, 57-67 [pdf]
  • Rubio, M., Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D. and Bellés, X. (2018). Conserved association of Argonaute 1 and 2 proteins with miRNA and siRNA pathways throughout insect evolution, from cockroaches to flies. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Gene Regulatory Mechanisms 1861, 554-560. [pdf]
  • Dominguez, C.V., Maestro, J.L. (2018). Expression of juvenile hormone acid O-methyltransferase and juvenile hormone synthesis in Blattella germanica. Insect Science 25, 787-796. [pdf]
  • Rahman, M.M., Franch-Marro, X., Maestro, J.L., Martin, D., Casali, A. (2017). Local juvenile hormone activity regulates gut homeostasis and tumor growth in adult Drosophila. Scientific Reports 7:11677. [pdf]
  • Abrisqueta, M., Süren-Castillo, S., Maestro, J.L. (2017). S6 protein kinase activates Juvenile Hormone and vitellogenin production in the cockroach Blattella germanica. Physiological Entomology 42, 10-16. [pdf]
  • Borràs-Castells, F., Nieva, C., Maestro, J.L., Maestro, O., Bellés, X., Martín, D. (2017) Juvenile hormone biosynthesis in adult Blattella germanica requires nuclear receptors Seven-up and FTZ-F1. Scientific Reports 7:40234. [pdf]
  • Naghdi, M., Maestro, J.L., Bellés, X., Bandani, A. (2016). Transduction of the vitellogenic signal of juvenile hormone by Methoprene-tolerant in the cockroach Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). Arthropods 5, 130-137. [pdf]
  • Ons, S., Bellés, X., Maestro, J.L. (2015). Orcokinins contribute to the regulation of vitellogenin transcription in the cockroach Blattella germanica. Journal of Insect Physiology 82, 129-133. [pdf]
  • Abrisqueta, M., Süren-Castillo, S., Maestro, J.L. (2014). Insulin receptor-mediated nutritional signalling regulates juvenile hormone biosynthesis and vitellogenin production in the German cockroach. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 49, 14-23. [pdf]
  • Süren-Castillo, S., Abrisqueta, M., Maestro, J.L. (2014). FoxO is required for the activation of hypertrehalosemic hormone expression in cockroaches. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: General Subjects 1840, 86-94. [pdf]
  • Süren-Castillo, S., Abrisqueta, M., Maestro, J.L. (2012). FoxO inhibits juvenile hormone biosynthesis and vitellogenin production in the German cockroach. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 42, 491-498. [pdf]
  • Maestro J.L., Tobe, S.S., Bellés, X. (2011). Leucomyosuppressin modulates cardiac rhythm in the cockroach Blattella germanica. Journal of Insect Physiology 57, 1677-1681. [pdf]
  • Maestro, J.L., Pascual, N., Treiblmayr, K., Lozano, J., Bellés, X. (2010) Juvenile hormone and allatostatins in the German cockroach embryo. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 40, 660-665. [pdf]
  • Maestro, J.L., Cobo, J., Bellés, X. (2009) TOR mediates the transduction of nutritional signals into juvenile hormone production. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284, 5506-5513. [pdf]
  • Pascual, N., Maestro, J.L., Chiva, C., Andreu, D., Bellés, X. (2008). Identification of a tachykinin-related peptide with orexigenic properties in the German cockroach. Peptides 29, 386-392. [pdf]
  • Aguilar, R., Maestro, J.L., Bellés, X. (2006). Effects of myoinhibitory peptides on food intake in the German cockroach. Physiological Entomology 31, 257-261. [pdf]
  • Maestro, J.L., Bellés, X. (2006). Silencing allatostatin expression using double-stranded RNA targeted to preproallatostatin mRNA in the German cockroach. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 62, 73-79.
  • Bellés, X., Maestro, J.L. (2005). Endocrine peptides and insect reproduction. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 47, 23-37.
  • Aguilar, R., Maestro, J.L., Vilaplana, L., Chiva, C., Andreu, D., Bellés, X. (2004). Identification of leucomyosuppressin in the German cockroach, Blattella germanica, as an inhibitor of food intake. Regulatory Peptides 119: 105-112.
  • Cruz, J., Martín, D., Pascual, N., Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D., Bellés, X. (2003). Quantity does matter. Juvenile hormone and the onset of vitellogenesis in the German cockroach. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 33: 1219-1225.
  • Aguilar, R., Maestro, J.L., Vilaplana, L., Pascual, N., Piulachs, M.D., Bellés, X. (2003). Allatostatin gene expression in brain and midgut, and activity of synthetic allatostatins on feeding-related processes in the cockroach Blattella germanica. Regulatory Peptides 115: 171-177.
  • Bellés, X., Piulachs, M.D., Maestro, J.L., Martín, D. (2002). Insect vitellogenesis in juvenile hormone-dependent species. In: “Proceedings of the 21st Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists” pp 213-218. Editors: R. Keller, H. Dircksen, D. Sedlmeier and H. Vaudry. Monduzzi Editore. Bologna, Italy.
  • Maestro, J.L., Aguilar, R., Pascual, N., Valero, M.L., Piulachs, M.D., Andreu, D., Navarro, I., Bellés, X. (2001) Screening of antifeedant activity in brain extracts led to the identification of sulfakinin as a satiety promoter in the German cockroach. Are arthropod sulfakinins homologous to vertebrate gastrins-cholecystokinins? European Journal of Biochemistry 268: 5824-5830.
  • Bellés, X., Piulachs, M.D., Pascual, N., Maestro, J.L., Martín, D., Vilaplana, L. (1999) Regulation of vitellogenesis in the German cockroach and the problem of cyclicity. In: “Recent Developments in Comparative Endocrinology and Neurobiology” pp 223-227. Editors: E.W. Roubos, S.E. Wendelaar Bonga, H. Vaudry and A. De Loof. Shauer Publ. Maastricht, Holland.
  • Duve, H., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.G., Jaros, P.P., Thorpe, A. (1999) Multiple neuropeptides of the allatostatin superfamily in the shore crab Carcinus maenas: comparison with insect allatostatins. In: “Recent Developments in Comparative Endocrinology and Neurobiology” pp 84-86. Editors: E.W. Roubos, S.E. Wendelaar Bonga, H. Vaudry and A. De Loof. Shauer Publ. Maastricht, Holland.
  • Vilaplana, L., Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D., Bellés, X. (1999) Modulation of cardiac rhythm by allatostatins in the cockroach Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 45: 1057-1064.
  • Vilaplana, L., Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D., Bellés, X. (1999) Determination of allatostatin levels in relation to the gonadotropic cycle in the female of Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). Physiological Entomology 24: 213-219.
  • Maestro, J.L., Bellés, X., Piulachs, M.D., Thorpe, A., Duve, H. (1998) Localization of allatostatin-immunoreactive material in the central nervous system, stomatogastric nervous system and gut of the cockroach Blattella germanica. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 37: 269-282.
  • Duve, H., Thorpe, A., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.G., East, P. (1998) The dipteran Leu-callatostatins: structural and functional diversity in an insect neuroendocrine paptide family. In: “Recent Advances in Arthropod Endocrinology” pp 229-247. Editors: G.M. Coast and S.M. Webster. SEB Seminar Series 65. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK.
  • Duve, H., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.G., Jaros, P.P., Thorpe, A. (1998) Isolation and identification of multiple neuropeptides of the allatostatin superfamily in the shore crab Carcinus maenas. European Journal of Biochemistry 250: 727-734.
  • Duve, H., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.G., Winstanley, D., Davey, M., East, P.D., Thorpe, A. (1997) Lepidopteran peptides of the allatostatin superfamily. Peptides 18: 1301-1309.
  • Duve, H., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.J., Crook, N., Winstanley, D., Thorpe, A. (1997) Identification, tissue localisation and physiological effect in vitro of a neuroendocrine peptide identical to a dipteran Leu-callatostatin in the codling moth Cydia pomonella (Tortricidae: Lepidoptera). Cell and Tissue Research 289: 73-83.
  • Duve, H., Johnsen, A.H., Maestro, J.L., Scott, A.G., East, P.D., Thorpe, A.(1996). Identification of the dipteran Leu-callatostatin peptide family: the pattern of precursor processing revealed by isolation studies in Calliphora vomitoria. Regulatory Peptides 67: 11-19.
  • Maestro, J.L., Danés, M.D., Piulachs, M.D., Cassier, P., Bellés, X. (1994). Juvenile hormone inhibition in corpora allata from ovariectomized Blattella germanica. Physiological Entomology 19: 342-348.
  • Bellés, X., Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D., Johnsen, A., Duve, H., Thorpe, A. (1994). Allatostatic neuropeptides from the cockroach Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). Identification, immunolocalization and activity. Regulatory Peptides 53: 237-247.
  • Maestro, J.L., Piulachs, M.D., Bellés, X. (1993). Autoinhibition of juvenile hormone production. The case of the cockroach Blattella germanica (L.). Experientia. 49: 320-323.
  • Gutiérrez, J., Párrizas, M., Carneiro, N., Maestro, J.L., Maestro, M.A., Planas, J. (1993). Insulin and IGF-I receptors and tyrosine kinase activity in carp ovaries: changes with reproductive cycle. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 11: 247-254.
  • Navarro, I., Carneiro, M.N., Párrizas, M., Maestro, J.L., Planas, J., Gutiérrez, J. (1993) Post-feeding levels of insulin and glucagon in trout (Salmo trutta fario). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 104A: 389-393.
  • Piulachs, M.D., Maestro, J.L., Bellés, X. (1992). Juvenile hormone production and accessory reproductive gland development during sexual maturation of male Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 102A: 477-480.