Learn More
Populations of Paramecium bursaria cells display a circadian rhythm of photoaccumulation. Both Chlorella-containing cells and Chlorella-free cells exhibit this rhythm. Several other species of Paramecium do not express rhythmic photoaccumulation when tested under the same conditions. In P. bursaria, photoaccumulation rhythms persist in continuous conditions(More)
Cell populations of Paramecium bursaria show mating reactivity in the light period, but not in the dark period, when exposed to a light-dark cycle (LD 12:12). After they are transferred to constant-light (LL) conditions (1,000 lux), they continue to show a circadian rhythm of mating reactivity. The rhythm gradually dampens in LL so that mating reactivity in(More)
Cells of an unusual Paramecium bursaria stock (Sj2) expressed rhythmic mating reactivity in a light/dark cycle (LD) and under continuous illumination (LL). When placed in continuous darkness (DD), did not show rhythmicity but rather demonstrated a continuous high mating reactivity. However, mating reactivity was reduced following exposure to a 6-h light(More)
In some neural models of circadian rhythmicity, membrane potential and transmembrane flux of potassium and calcium ions appear to play important roles in the entrainment and central mechanisms of the biological clock. We wondered whether these cellular variables might be generally involved in circadian clocks, even non-neural clocks. Therefore, we tested(More)
Paramecium bursaria shows a circadian rhythm of photoaccumulation: photoaccumulation is stronger during the day than at night. We obtained five strains of P. bursaria having different circadian periods under continuous light conditions, ranging from 20.9 to 27.9 h. Various physiological activities were compared in the cells of these strains. The periods of(More)
  • 1