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A behavioral assay was developed based on differential tendency of a protozoan to attach to an agar gel containing the test substance. The heterotrophic marine dinoflagellate Crypthecodinium (Gyrodinium) cohnii responded negatively (less tendency to attach) to epinephrine at concentrations above 5 X 10(-15)M and to norepinephrine at concentrations above 5 X… (More)
Chemosensory responses by the colorles inshore marine dinoflagellateCrypthecodinium cohnii were observed in quadrant-divided Petri plates containing an agar layer + liquid overlay. A suspension of organisms in salt solution was poured onto this and allowed to stand 3 hr. A differential tendency of the cells to become firmly attached or embedded in the… (More)
Modification of a behavioral response of a marine dinoflagellate to chemical cues is described. Negative response to choline was modified by the antitubulins vincristine, vinblastine, griseofulvin, and trifluralin, but not by colchicine. Positive responses to 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine were unaffected by these drugs.