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Characterizing The Polycation Receptor Of Paramecium, Eric D. Robinette, Heather G. Kuruvilla Dec 2006

Characterizing The Polycation Receptor Of Paramecium, Eric D. Robinette, Heather G. Kuruvilla

Science and Mathematics Faculty Presentations

Unicellular eukaryotes are complex systems, performing all the tasks needed for survival within the context of a single cell. Protozoans, such as Tetrahymena and Paramecium, use chemosensory systems to detect food and to avoid predation.

Both Tetrahymena and Paramecium have been used as models for studying chemorepellents. Lysozyme, ATP, and GTP have been found to have chemorepellent activity in both ciliates. In Tetrahymena, several PACAP isoforms have been shown to bind to the same receptor as lysozyme, indicating that this receptor may be a more general “polycation receptor” (Keedy et al., 2003). The polycation receptor in Tetrahymena appears to be ...