Intestinal calcium waves coordinate a behavioral motor program in C. elegans.

  title={Intestinal calcium waves coordinate a behavioral motor program in C. elegans.},
  author={Takayuki Teramoto and Kouichi Iwasaki},
  journal={Cell calcium},
  volume={40 3},
Periodic behavioral motor patterns are normally controlled by neural circuits, such as central pattern generators. We here report a novel mechanism of motor pattern generation by non-neural cells. The defecation motor program in Caenorhabditis elegans consists of three stereotyped motor steps with precise timing and this behavior has been studied as a model system of a ultradian biological clock [J.H. Thomas, Genetic analysis of defecation in C. elegans, Genetics 124 (1990) 855-872; D.W. Liu, J… CONTINUE READING
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