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Sci. STKE, 12 December 2000
Vol. 2000, Issue 62, p. tw4
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2000.62.tw4]


Cell Biology More than Light Work

Rhodopsin, one of the proteins responsible for sensing light in the eye, is also important in the generation of photoreceptor cells--photoreceptors that lack rhodopsin degenerate. Chang and Ready managed to prevent photoreceptor degeneration in Drosophila lacking rhodopsin by expressing a constitutively active form of a Rho guanosine triphosphatase, Drac1. It appears that Drac1 organizes the actin cytoskeleton in the developing photoreceptor cells. Rhodopsin appears to play an additional role beyond sensory perception, in that it activates a signal transduction pathway to stimulate morphogenesis during development. Colley provides a perspective on the data.

Chang, H.-Y., and Ready, D.F. (2000) Rescue of photoreceptor degeneration in rhodopsin-null Drosophila mutants by activated Rac1. Science 290: 1978-1980. [Abstract] [Full Text]

Colley, N.J. (2000) Actin' up with Rac1. Science 290: 1902-1903. [Full Text]

Citation: More than Light Work. Sci. STKE 2000, tw4 (2000).

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