Signal Peptide-Induced Sensory Behavior in Free Ciliates: Bioassays and Cellular Mechanisms

  • V. Leick
  • M. Grave
  • P. Hellung-Larsen
Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 17)


Cellular chemosensory and other kinds of behavior of protozoa can be considered a fundamental aspect of cellular activity equivalent to cellular growth and sexual reproduction. For motile protozoan cells, the type of chemicals which act as attractants and repellents in natural environments probably reflects the ecological niches which a particular organism selects as its favorite environment, in particular when it has to coexist with other organisms and still survive and maintain its identity. The different chemical stimuli signify the presence of food, mates, toxic conditions, hosts, etc.


Peptide Hormone Ciliated Protozoan Ciliary Activity Proteose Peptone Ciliary Beating 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Leick
  • M. Grave
  • P. Hellung-Larsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, Department of Biochemistry BThe University of Copenhagen, The Panum InstituteCopenhagenDenmark

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