Spontaneous magnetic orientation in larval Drosophila shares properties with learned magnetic compass responses in adult flies and mice

dc.contributorVirginia Techen
dc.contributor.authorPainter, Michael Scotten
dc.contributor.authorDommer, David H.en
dc.contributor.authorAltizer, William W.en
dc.contributor.authorMuheim, Rachelen
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, John B.en
dc.contributor.departmentBiological Sciencesen
dc.date.accessed2014-02-04en
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-07T18:29:40Zen
dc.date.available2014-02-07T18:29:40Zen
dc.date.issued2013-04en
dc.description.abstractWe provide evidence for spontaneous quadramodal magnetic orientation in a larval insect. Second instar Berlin, Canton-S and Oregon-R x Canton-S strains of Drosophila melanogaster exhibited quadramodal orientation with clusters of bearings along the four anti-cardinal compass directions (i.e. 45, 135, 225 and 315 deg). In double-blind experiments, Canton-S Drosophila larvae also exhibited quadramodal orientation in the presence of an earth-strength magnetic field, while this response was abolished when the horizontal component of the magnetic field was cancelled, indicating that the quadramodal behavior is dependent on magnetic cues, and that the spontaneous alignment response may reflect properties of the underlying magnetoreception mechanism. In addition, a re-analysis of data from studies of learned magnetic compass orientation by adult Drosophila melanogaster and C57BL/6 mice revealed patterns of response similar to those exhibited by larval flies, suggesting that a common magnetoreception mechanism may underlie these behaviors. Therefore, characterizing the mechanism(s) of magnetoreception in flies may hold the key to understanding the magnetic sense in a wide array of terrestrial organisms.en
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation IOS 06-47188, IOS 07-48175en
dc.description.sponsorshipVirginia Tech Graduate Research Development Programen
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma-Xien
dc.identifier.citationPainter, Michael S.; Dommer, David H.; Altizer, William W.; et al., "Spontaneous magnetic orientation in larval Drosophila shares properties with learned magnetic compass responses in adult flies and mice," J Exp Biol 216, 1307-1316 (2013); doi: 10.1242/_jeb.077404en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.077404en
dc.identifier.issn0022-0949en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/25344en
dc.identifier.urlhttp://jeb.biologists.org/content/216/7/1307.full.pdf+htmlen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherCompany of Biologists Ltd.en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectalignmenten
dc.subjectquadramodalen
dc.subjectlight dependenten
dc.subjectmagnetiteen
dc.subjectmagnetoreceptionen
dc.subjectorientationen
dc.subjectPHOTORECEPTOR-BASED MAGNETORECEPTIONen
dc.subjectRADICAL-PAIR MECHANISMen
dc.subjectGEOMAGNETIC-FIELDen
dc.subjectGENETIC-ANALYSISen
dc.subjectLIGHTen
dc.subjectBIRDSen
dc.subjectMELANOGASTERen
dc.subjectANIMALSen
dc.subjectMODELen
dc.subjectPERCEPTIONen
dc.titleSpontaneous magnetic orientation in larval Drosophila shares properties with learned magnetic compass responses in adult flies and miceen
dc.title.serialJournal of Experimental Biologyen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
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