• Patent

Methods for controlling invertebrate pests using cocaine receptor binding ligands

Citation

Kuhar, M. J., Carroll, F., Boja, J. W., Lewin, A., & Abraham, P. (1999). IPC No. U.S.Methods for controlling invertebrate pests using cocaine receptor binding ligands (Patent No. 5935953.)

Abstract

The invention relates to a method of controlling an invertebrate pest, comprising contacting the pest with a pest-controlling amount of an agent having substantial inhibitory activity toward a phenylethanolamine reuptake transporter as determined by radioactive octopamine reuptake inhibition assay is disclosed. Compositions comprising compounds capable of inhibiting the octopamine reuptake transporter include cocaine analogs. A process for inhibiting the feeding of an invertebrate pest comprising contacting said pest with a pest-controlling amount of an agent having substantial inhibitory activity toward a phenylethanolamine reuptake transporter as determined by radioactive octopamine reuptake inhibition assay, with the proviso that said agent is not cocaine. A process for delaying the maturation of a juvenile invertebrate by contacting it with an inhibitory amount of a phenylethanolamine reuptake transporter blocker is also disclosed. A radioactive phenylethanolamine reuptake inhibition assay for determining whether a given compound is an inhibitor of octopamine neuronal transport is also disclosed.