Cryptochromes Enabling Plants and Animals to Determine Circadian Time

  title={Cryptochromes Enabling Plants and Animals to Determine Circadian Time},
  author={Anthony R. Cashmore},
Cryptochromes are flavin-containing blue light photoreceptors related to photolyases-they are found in both plants and animals and have recently been described for bacteria. In plants, cryptochromes perform a variety of functions including the entrainment of circadian rhythms. They serve a similar role in Drosophila and mammals, where the cryptochromes also perform an additional function as an essential component of the circadian clock. 

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