A View of the Evolution of Chemoreceptors Based on Research with Cnidarians

  • Howard M. Lenhoff
  • Wyrta Heagy
  • Jean Danner


Since Loomis (1955) discovered that reduced glutathione (GSH) was the specific activator of feeding in Hydra littoralis, research on cnidarian chemoreceptors has taken two lines. One, involving mostly work on hydra, is concerned with elucidating the mechanism by which the receptor is activated (see Lenhoff, 1974). The other is of a more comparative nature showing that numerous compounds activate feeding in a wide range of cnidarians.


Receptor Site Feeding Response Amino Acid Acceptor Reef Building Coral Amino Acid Trans 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard M. Lenhoff
    • 1
  • Wyrta Heagy
    • 1
  • Jean Danner
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Developmental and Cell Biology, and of Molecular Biology and BiochemistryUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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