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Cone visual pigments of monotremes: Filling the phylogenetic gap

Wakefield, Matthew; Anderson, Mark; Chang, Ellen; Wei, Ke-Jun; Kaul, Rajinder; Graves, Jennifer; Grutzner, Frank; Deeb, Samir


We have determined the sequence and genomic organization of the genes encoding the cone visual pigment of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), and inferred their spectral properties and evolutionary pathways. We prepared platypus and echidna retinal RNA and used primers of the middle-wave-sensitive (MWS), long-wave-sensitive (LWS), and short-wave sensitive (SWS1) pigments corresponding to coding sequences that are highly conserved among mammals; to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Visual Neuroscience
DOI: 10.1017/S0952523808080255


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