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Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2004;20:223-53.

Chemoattractant signaling in dictyostelium discoideum.

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Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Dictyostelium is an accessible organism for studies of signaling via chemoattractant receptors. Chemoattractant-mediated signaling events and components are reviewed and presented as a series of connected modules, including excitation, inhibition, G protein-independent responses, early gene expression, inositol lipids, PH domain-containing proteins, cyclic AMP signaling, polarization acquisition, actin polymerization, and cortical myosin. The network incorporates information from biochemical, genetic, and cell biological experiments carried out on living cells. The modules and connections represent current understanding, and future information is expected to modify and build upon this structure.

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