Metazoan circadian rhythm: toward an understanding of a light-based zeitgeber in sponges.

@article{Mller2013MetazoanCR,
  title={Metazoan circadian rhythm: toward an understanding of a light-based zeitgeber in sponges.},
  author={Werner E G M{\"u}ller and Heinz C. Schroeder and Dario Pisignano and Julia S. Markl and Xiaohong Wang},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={53 1},
  pages={
          103-17
        }
}
In all eukaryotes, the 24-h periodicity in the environment contributed to the evolution of the molecular circadian clock. We studied some elements of a postulated circadian clock circuit in the lowest metazoans, the siliceous sponges. First, we identified in the demosponge Suberites domuncula the enzyme luciferase that generates photons. Then (most likely), the photons generated by luciferase are transmitted via the biosilica glass skeleton of the sponges and are finally harvested by… CONTINUE READING
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