Heather G. Kuruvilla

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Chemosensory transduction and adaptation are important aspects of signal transduction mechanisms in many cell types, ranging from prokaryotes to differentiated tissues such as neurons. The eukaryotic ciliated protozoan, Tetrahymena thermophila, is capable of responding to both chemoattractants (O'Neill et al., 1985; Leick, 1992; Kohidai, Karsa & Csaba,(More)
Extracellular nucleotides are ubiquitous signaling molecules. ATP signals through two receptor types: the ionotropic P2X receptors, and the metabotropic P2Y receptors. ATP acts as a chemorepellent in Tetrahymena thermophila, where it causes a distinct avoidance response. The intracellular mechanisms by which ATP causes avoidance in this organism, however,(More)
Chemorepellents are compounds that cause ciliated protozoans to reorient their swimming direction. A number of chemorepellents have been studied in the ciliated protozoans, Paramecium and Tetrahymena. Chemorepellents, such as polycations, cause the organism to exhibit "avoidance behavior," a swimming behavior characterized by jerky movements and other(More)
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