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J Neurogenet. 1989 Sep;6(1):1-10.

Reciprocal behaviour associated with altered homeostasis and photosensitivity of Drosophila clock mutants.

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Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena 91125.


The circadian oscillators of genetically short-period and long-period Drosophila exhibit reciprocal behaviour in four distinct ways: (1) with respect to the dependence of period on temperature, (2) in the change of period during constant darkness after ten days of constant light, (3) in the change of period during the second ten days of darkness as compared with the period during the first ten days, and (4) in the period change resulting from exposure to low-intensity constant light. The homeostatic control of the dependence of period length on temperature is impaired in the mutants as compared with wild-type flies. The normal Drosophila pacemaker may comprise two mutually coupled oscillators, whereas the mutants may represent a reduction in activity of one or the other constituent oscillator.

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