Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d'Aquitaine (UMR5287)

Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience

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Veenstra Jan

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Professeur - Université de Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 40 00 87 51

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Research axis:

  • Insect neuropeptides: Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Evolution and transgenic models.
  • Drosophila as a model in human disease

Scientific expertise:

Neuropeptides: Physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, evolution and transgenic models.


  • Functional role of SIFamide in Drosophila
  • A new Drosophila model for Alzheimer
  • Origin and evolution of the central nervous system


  • Michel Laguerre, IECB, University of Bordeaux
  • Christian Wegener, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Rob Weaver, The Food and Environment Research Agency, York, U.K.
  • The spidermite international genome consortium

Publications 2006-2011:

  • Terhzaz, S., Rosay, P., Goodwin, S.F., & Veenstra, J.A. (2007) The neuropeptide SIFamide modulates sexual behavior in Drosophila. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 352, 305-310.
  • Johard, H., Enell, L., Gustafsson, E., Trifilieff, P, Veenstra, J.A., & Nässel, D.R. (2008) Intrinsic Neurons of Drosophila Mushroom Bodies Express Short Neuropeptide F: Relations to Extrinsic Neurons Expressing Different Neurotransmitters. Journal of Comparative Neurology 507, 1479-96.
  • Park, D., Veenstra, J.A., Park, J., & Taghert, P.H. (2008) Mapping peptidergic cells in Drosophila: where DIMM fits in. PLoS ONE 3(3): e1896. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001896.
  • Veenstra, J.A., Agricola, H.-J., & Sellami, A., (2008). Regulatory peptides in the fruit fly midgut. Cell and Tissue Research, 234, 499-516.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2009a) Allatostatin C and its paralog allatostatin double C: The arthropod somatostatins. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 39, 161-170.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2009b) Paracrine and endocrine cells in the midgut of the fruit fly maggot. Cell and Tissue Research, 336, 309-323.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2009c) Does Corazonin signal nutrional stress in insects ? Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biolology 39, 755-762.
  • de Haro, M., Al-Ramahi, I., Benito-Sipos, J., López-Arias, B., Dorado, B., Veenstra, J.A., Herrero, P. (2010) Detailed analysis of leucokinin-expressing neurons and their candidate functions in the Drosophila nervous system. Cell and Tissue Research, 339, 321-336.
  • Huybrechts, J., Bonhomme, J., Minoli, S., Prunier-Leterme, N., Dombrovsky, A., Abdel-Latief, M., Robichon, A., Veenstra, J.A.*, & Tagu, D.* (2010) Neuropeptide and neurohormone precursors in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, Insect Molecular Biology, 19 (Supplement 2), 87-95.
  • The international Aphid Genomics Consortium (2010) Genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. PLoS Biology, 8:e1000313.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2010a) Neurohormones and neuropeptides encoded by the genome of Lottia gigantea, with reference to other mollusks and insects. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 167, 86-103.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2010b) What the loss of the hormone neuroparsin in the melanogaster subgroup of Drosophila can tell us about its function. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biolology 40, 354-361.
  • Sellami, A., Isabel, G. & Veenstra, J.A. (2010) Expression of the mu-Opioid receptor in Drosophila and its effects on trehalose and glycogen when expressed by the AKH neuroendocrine cells. Peptides, 31, 1383-1389.
  • Kirkness, E.F., Haas, B.J., Sun, W., Braig, H.R., Perotti, M.A., Clark, J.M., Lee, S.H., Robertson, H.M., Kennedy, R.C., Elhaik, E., Gerlach, D., Kriventseva, E.V., Elsik, C.G., Graur, D., Hill, C.A., Veenstra, J.A., et al. (2010) Genome sequences of the human body louse and its primary endosymbiont: Insights into the permanent parasitic lifestyle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A, 107, 12168-12173.
  • Laguerre, M. & Veenstra, J.A. (2010) Ecdysone receptor homologs from mollusks, leeches and a polychaete worm. FEBS Letters, 584, 4458-4462.
  • Sellami, A., Agricola, H.-J., Veenstra, J.A. (2011) Neuroendocrine cells in Drosophila melanogaster producing GPA2/GPB5, a hormone with homology to LH, FSH and TSH. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 170, 582-588.
  • Veenstra, J.A. (2011) Neuropeptide evolution: Neurohormones and neuropeptides predicted from the genomes of the annelids Capitella teleta and Helobdella robusta. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 171, 160-175.