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Genetic analysis of the circadian system in Drosophila melanogaster and mammals.

Stanewsky, R; (2003) Genetic analysis of the circadian system in Drosophila melanogaster and mammals. J Neurobiol , 54 (1) pp. 111-147. 10.1002/neu.10164.

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Abstract

The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been a grateful object for circadian rhythm researchers over several decades. Behavioral, genetic, and molecular studies helped to reveal the genetic bases of circadian time keeping and rhythmic behaviors. Contrary, mammalian rhythm research until recently was mainly restricted to descriptive and physiologic approaches. As in many other areas of research, the surprising similarity of basic biologic principles between the little fly and our own species, boosted the progress of unraveling the genetic foundation of mammalian clock mechanisms. Once more, not only the basic mechanisms, but also the molecules involved in establishing our circadian system are taken or adapted from the fly. This review will try to give a comparative overview about the two systems, highlighting similarities as well as specifics of both insect and murine clocks.

Type: Article
Title: Genetic analysis of the circadian system in Drosophila melanogaster and mammals.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1002/neu.10164
Keywords: Animals, Biological Clocks, Brain, CLOCK Proteins, Circadian Rhythm, Drosophila melanogaster, Gene Expression Regulation, Genetic Carrier Screening, Genetic Linkage, Genetic Variation, Insect Proteins, Light, Malpighian Tubules, Mammals, Motor Activity, Mutation, Olfactory Pathways, Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis, Photoperiod, Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid, Species Specificity, Suprachiasmatic Nucleus, Trans-Activators, Transcription Factors
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1431777
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