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Deep brain photoreceptors and a seasonal signal transduction cascade in birds

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Our current understanding of the mechanism underlying seasonal reproduction in birds is reviewed.

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Correspondence to Takashi Yoshimura.

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This work was supported in part by Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (S) 19678002, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, “Regulatory Mechanism of Gamete Stem Cells” 21116504, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellows, the Global COE program “Advanced Systems-Biology” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science, the Mitsubishi Foundation, and the Toyoaki Scholarship Foundation.

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Nakane, Y., Yoshimura, T. Deep brain photoreceptors and a seasonal signal transduction cascade in birds. Cell Tissue Res 342, 341–344 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00441-010-1073-6

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Keywords

  • Circadian rhythm
  • Photoperiodism
  • Opsin
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone
  • Japanese quail