Cloe Taddei-Ferretti

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The cnidarian Hydra does not possess identified photoreceptive structures or specialized cells for light detection; nevertheless, it shows a marked photosensitivity. So far no evidence has been previously reported about the localization of the proteins involved in the photoresponse. We used polyclonal antibodies and immunofluorescence microscopy on(More)
The morpho-functional organization correlated to photosensitivity in Cnidaria is that of ocelli and extraocular photoreception. Several examples of the second type of organization are reported. The photosensitivity of the cnidarian Hydra is of the extraocular (neural or dermal) type. The effects of photic stimulation (applied according to various(More)
Spontaneous figure reversal of ambiguous patterns was analyzed in humans. A) With Necker-"cube"-like, or "drum"-like figures, having square or round shaped "front" and "rear" surfaces, and either large or small "depth", the perceptual intervals corresponding to both interpretations of "drum" were longer than those of "cube"; the perceived "depth" of the(More)
We investigated in Hydra attenuata the possibility of altering more or less permanently and in different environmental conditions, the frequency of Contraction Pulse Trains (CPT's) associated with the rhythmic spontaneous contraction activity, by repetitive light stimuli of variable duration, frequency and amplitude. The CPT's activity of various pieces of(More)
We investigated the effect of photic stimulation on the frequency of Hydra attenuata column contractions. We used positive or negative abrupt light transitions, single or repetitive light or darkness pulses, and alternation of light and darkness periods. The main results are: (a) The frequency of the contraction pulse trains (CPTs) varies transiently in(More)
The aim of the present study is to ascertain whether transmembrane temperature gradients couple with transport of electric charge in living cells of Valonia utricularis and eventually measure the thermodynamic coupling coefficient (s). Simple experimental procedures are described that allow generation of temperature gradients of predetermined sense and(More)