Helfrich, Charlotte (1986) Role of the optic lobes in the regulation of the locomotor activity of Drosophila melanogaster: Behavioral analysis of neural mutants. Journal of Neurogenetics 3 (6), pp. 321-343.
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The locomotor activity patterns of the Drosophila melanogaster brain mutants optomotor blind (omb), lobula plateless (lop), minibrain (mnb), small optic lobes (sol), sine oculir (so), and the double mutants mnb;so and sol;so, all of which show reductions in the optic lobes, were investigated and compared with those of
the wild-type. In none of the mutants was the number of arrhythmic flies significantly higher than in the wild-type, indicating that the optic lobes are not the sole site of a pacemaker controlling the locomotor activity rhythm. However, these mutations greatly influence the stability of the circadian system, in that the number of flies simultaneously showing two or more circadian components increased as the optic lobe
defects became more severe. In flies with the strongest reduction of the optic lobes, two free-running circadian components were found almost exclusively. This suggests a two-oscillator control of the locomotor activity. Eyeless mutants also expressing a neural mutation were entrained by light : dark (LD) cycles, but their activity pattern in LD was changed compared to the wild-type and the eyeless mutant so.
|Institutions:||Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Zoologie > Organisation der inneren Uhr auf neuronaler Ebene (Prof. Dr. Charlotte Förster)|
|Keywords:||Circadian rhythm - Mutant behavior - Optic ganglia mutant - Brain mutant - Photoreceptor|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Unknown|
|Deposited On:||15 Jul 2010 11:44|
|Last Modified:||20 Jul 2011 22:33|