Diversity of Chlamydomonas channelrhodopsins.

  title={Diversity of Chlamydomonas channelrhodopsins.},
  author={S Hou and Elena G. Govorunova and Maria Ntefidou and Christopher E. Lane and Elena N. Spudich and Oleg A. Sineshchekov and John L. Spudich},
  journal={Photochemistry and photobiology},
  volume={88 1},
Channelrhodopsins act as photoreceptors for control of motility behavior in flagellates and are widely used as genetically targeted tools to optically manipulate the membrane potential of specific cell populations ("optogenetics"). The first two channelrhodopsins were obtained from the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (CrChR1 and CrChR2). By homology cloning we identified three new channelrhodopsin sequences from the same genus, CaChR1, CyChR1 and CraChR2, from C. augustae, C… CONTINUE READING
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