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Circadian clocks regulate daily fluctuations of many physiological and behavioral aspects in life. They are synchronized with the environment via light or temperature cycles [1]. Natural fluctuations of the day length (photoperiod) and temperature necessitate a daily reset of the circadian clock on the molecular level. In Drosophila, the blue-light(More)
A new way was developed to isolate rhythmically expressed genes in Drosophila by modifying the classic enhancer-trap method. We constructed a P element containing sequences that encode firefly luciferase as a reporter for oscillating gene expression in live flies. After generation of 1176 autosomal insertion lines, bioluminescence screening revealed(More)
During selection for protein content in mice at the Technical University of Berlin, individuals showing high protein content and a compact exterior were noted. Animals showing this "Compact" phenotype were separated to form a new line. The present investigations were carried out on a Hungarian subpopulation of this line, selected for maximum expression of(More)
Circadian clock function depends on the tightly regulated exclusion or presence of clock proteins within the nucleus. A newly induced long-period timeless mutant, tim(blind), encodes a constitutively hypophosphorylated TIM protein. The mutant protein is not properly degraded by light, and tim(blind) flies show abnormal behavioral responses to light pulses.(More)
Circadian clocks of most organisms are synchronized with the 24-hour solar day by the changes of light and dark. In Drosophila, both the visual photoreceptors in the compound eyes as well as the blue-light photoreceptor Cryptochrome expressed within the brain clock neurons contribute to this clock synchronization. A specialized photoreceptive structure(More)
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