D R Fontana

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Thermotaxis by individual amoebae of Dictyostelium discoideum on a temperature gradient is described. These amoebae show positive thermotaxis at temperatures between 14 degrees C and 28 degrees C shortly (3 hr) after food depletion. Increasing time on the gradient reduces the positive thermotactic response at the lower temperature gradients (midpoint(More)
cAMP and cell-cell contact are involved in the coordination of differentiation and morphogenesis in Dictyostelium discoideum. The experiments described in this paper establish a relationship between cAMP and cell-cell contact. Contact between Enterobacter aerogenes and aggregation-competent Dictyostelium amoebae and contact between Dictyostelium amoebae(More)
The thermotactic responses of Dictyostelium discoideum strain HL50 and mutants derived from this strain have been characterized by curves of stimulus-strength vs response. With gradient midpoint temperatures of 16 and 24 degrees C, these curves are typical of those of a single response, i.e., the strength of the response increases with increasing stimulus(More)
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