Stable transgenesis in the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii sheds new light on photoreceptor evolution.

@article{Backfisch2013StableTI,
  title={Stable transgenesis in the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii sheds new light on photoreceptor evolution.},
  author={Benjamin Backfisch and Vinoth Babu Veedin Rajan and Ruth M. Fischer and Claudia Lohs and Enrique Arboleda and Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Florian Raible},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 1},
  pages={193-8}
}
Research in eye evolution has mostly focused on eyes residing in the head. In contrast, noncephalic light sensors are far less understood and rather regarded as evolutionary innovations. We established stable transgenesis in the annelid Platynereis, a reference species for evolutionary and developmental comparisons. EGFP controlled by cis-regulatory elements of r-opsin, a characteristic marker for rhabdomeric photoreceptors, faithfully recapitulates known r-opsin expression in the adult eyes… CONTINUE READING
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