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Science 297 (5582): 777-778

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Enhanced: A White Collar Protein Senses Blue Light

Hartmut Linden

The fungus Neurospora responds to blue light with a variety of physiological responses, including the synthesis of photoprotective pigments and spore formation. In his Perspective, Linden discusses new work (He et al., Froehlich et al.) that identifies the WC-1 protein of Neurospora as the long-sought fungal photoreceptor responsive to blue light.

The author is at the Lehrstuhl für Physiologie und Biochemie der Pflanzen, Universität Konstanz, D-78434 Konstanz, Germany. E-mail: hartmut.linden{at}

Role of the White Collar 1 Photoreceptor in Carotenogenesis, UV Resistance, Hydrophobicity, and Virulence of Fusarium oxysporum.
M. C. Ruiz-Roldan, V. Garre, J. Guarro, M. Marine, and M. I. G. Roncero (2008)
Eukaryot. Cell 7, 1227-1230
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Photostimulation of Hypocrea atroviridis growth occurs due to a cross-talk of carbon metabolism, blue light receptors and response to oxidative stress.
M. A. Friedl, M. Schmoll, C. P. Kubicek, and I. S. Druzhinina (2008)
Microbiology 154, 1229-1241
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Expression of the Circadian Clock-Related Gene pex in Cyanobacteria Increases in Darkness and Is Required to Delay the Clock.
N. Takai, S. Ikeuchi, K. Manabe, and S. Kutsuna (2006)
J Biol Rhythms 21, 235-244
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Reactive Oxygen Species Affect Photomorphogenesis in Neurospora crassa.
Y. Yoshida and K. Hasunuma (2004)
J. Biol. Chem. 279, 6986-6993
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