The transcription factor Mef2 is required for normal circadian behavior in Drosophila.

@article{Blanchard2010TheTF,
  title={The transcription factor Mef2 is required for normal circadian behavior in Drosophila.},
  author={Florence J Blanchard and Ben Collins and Shawn A. Cyran and Daniel H Hancock and Michael V. Taylor and Justin Blau},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={30 17},
  pages={5855-65}
}
The transcription factor Mef2 has well established roles in muscle development in Drosophila and in the differentiation of many cell types in mammals, including neurons. Here, we describe a role for Mef2 in the Drosophila pacemaker neurons that regulate circadian behavioral rhythms. We found that Mef2 is normally produced in all adult clock neurons and that Mef2 overexpression in clock neurons leads to long period and complex rhythms of adult locomotor behavior. Knocking down Mef2 expression… CONTINUE READING

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