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J R Soc Interface. 2010 Apr 6;7 Suppl 2:S147-62. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0411.focus. Epub 2009 Nov 11.

Cryptochromes--a potential magnetoreceptor: what do we know and what do we want to know?

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AG Neurosensorik (Animal Navigation), Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften, University of Oldenburg, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany. miriam.liedvogel@zooekol.lu.se

Abstract

Cryptochromes have been suggested to be the primary magnetoreceptor molecules underlying light-dependent magnetic compass detection in migratory birds. Here we review and evaluate (i) what is known about these candidate magnetoreceptor molecules, (ii) what characteristics cryptochrome molecules must fulfil to possibly underlie light-dependent, radical pair based magnetoreception, (iii) what evidence supports the involvement of cryptochromes in magnetoreception, and (iv) what needs to be addressed in future research. The review focuses primarily on our knowledge of cryptochromes in the context of magnetoreception.

PMID:
19906675
PMCID:
PMC2844001
DOI:
10.1098/rsif.2009.0411.focus
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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