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Kanost Lab

Kanost Lab
Kansas State University
Dept. of Biochem. & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS  66506

785-532-7278 fax

Kanost Lab

The Kanost group studies biochemistry and molecular biology of insects. We currently do experimental work with three insect species: the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta; the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae; and the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum.

MsManduca sexta, also known as the tobacco hornworm, is good for studies of insect immunity. The caterpillars are much larger than most insects, and this property facilitates the purification of immune related proteins from their blood.
AgAnopheles gambiae is a species of mosquito that transmits malaria in Africa. We are studying multicopper oxidases to discover whether these enzymes play a role in cuticle biosythesis, eggshell tanning, detoxification or metal metabolism in mosquitoes.
TcTribolium castaneum, also known as the red flour beetle, is one of the best insect species for genetics studies. We are using genetics and biochemical techniques to learn how the hard exoskeleton of Tribolium is formed.