Ciliary Photoreceptors with a Vertebrate-Type Opsin in an Invertebrate Brain

  title={Ciliary Photoreceptors with a Vertebrate-Type Opsin in an Invertebrate Brain},
  author={Detlev Arendt and Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Heidi Snyman and Adriaan W. C. Dorresteijn and Joachim Wittbrodt},
  pages={869 - 871}
For vision, insect and vertebrate eyes use rhabdomeric and ciliary photoreceptor cells, respectively. These cells show distinct architecture and transduce the light signal by different phototransductory cascades. In the marine rag-worm Platynereis, we find both cell types: rhabdomeric photoreceptor cells in the eyes and ciliary photoreceptor cells in the brain. The latter use a photopigment closely related to vertebrate rod and cone opsins. Comparative analysis indicates that both types of… 

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