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A heme-thiolate protein (cytochrome P-450). The enzyme, found in Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), is specific for farnesoate (cf. EC 188.8.131.52, methyl farnesoate epoxidase) [1,2]. It is involved in the synthesis of juvenile hormone.
CYP15C1 is the gene responsible for the dimolting (mod) mutant that undergoes precocious metamorphosis with fewer larvallarval molt. A 68-bp deletion is identified in the mod allele that introduces a premature stop codon in the coding region of CYP15C1
the enzyme specifically expressed in the corpus allatum, an endocrine organ that synthesizes and secretes juvenile hormones. CYP15C1 mRNA is constitutively expressed in corpus allatum from the first instar larval to adult stages, even when juvenile-hormone is not synthesized. No apparent differences in levels of CYP15C1 mRNA are observed between males and females during pupal and adult stages