Demonstrating the general structure and cell types of the fat body in Blatta orientalis (Oriental Cockroach)

Zulfikaroglu T., Turgay İzzetoğlu G. , Yikilmaz M. S. , İzzetoğlu S.

ANATOMIA HISTOLOGIA EMBRYOLOGIA, vol.51, no.1, pp.23-35, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ahe.12748
  • Page Numbers: pp.23-35
  • Keywords: Blatta orientalis, developmental stages, fat body, histology, ultrastructure, PERIPLANETA-AMERICANA, ULTRASTRUCTURE, METABOLISM, UROCYTES, ENOCYTES


The fat body is a tissue that originates from mesoderm in insects. It consists of several cell types. The basic cell of the fat body is trophocyte. Glycogen, protein and lipid which are required for energy are stored in these cells. Mycetocyte, urocyte, chromotocyte and haemoglobin cells are the other cell types which originate from differentiated trophocytes. Of the cells found in cockroaches, mycetocytes contain an endosymbiont species of bacteria while urocytes are specialized cells for storing and discharging uric acid. Oenocyte, which is not the fat body cell type but associated with epidermis and the fat body cells, is also found in cockroaches. In this research, the fat body distribution was shown for the first time in three selected sections (thorax, beginning and end of abdomen) in all stages of Blatta orientalis (Linnaeus, 1758). In addition, the fat body cell types and distribution were determined by histological, histochemical and ultrastructural studies. As a result, trophocytes, mycetocytes, urocytes of the fat body and oenocytes which are related to the fat body were determined in B. orientalis. Also, it was revealed that the fat body content increased in the selected regions of the stages depending on the development. We hope that these findings will contribute to data about the fat body and give some directions to insecticide studies.