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Light-Responsive Cryptochromes from a simple Multicellular Animal, the coral Acroport millepora

Levy, O; Appelbaum, L; Leggat, W; Gothlif, Y; Hayward, David; Miller, David; Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove


Hundreds of species of reef-building corals spawn synchronously over a few nights each year, and moonlight regulates this spawning event. However, the molecular elements underpinning the detection of moonlight remain unknown. Here we report the presence of an ancient family of blue-light-sensing photoreceptors, cryptochromes, in the reef-building coral Acropora millepora. In addition to being cryptochrome genes from one of the earliest-diverging eumetazoan phyla, cry1 and cry2 were expressed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1145432


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