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Steele, F., O'Tousa, J.E. (1990). Rhodopsin activation causes retinal degeneration in Drosophila rdgC mutant.  Neuron 4(): 883--890.
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FBrf0052690
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Drosophila rdgC (retinal degeneration-C) mutants show normal retinal morphology and photoreceptor physiology at young ages. Dark-reared rdgC flies retain this wild-type phenotype, but light-reared mutants undergo retinal degeneration. rdgC photoreceptors with low levels of rhodopsin as a result of vitamin A deprivation or a mutant rhodopsin (ninaE) gene fail to show rdgC-induced degeneration even after prolonged light treatment, demonstrating that degeneration occurs as a result of light stimulation of rhodopsin. Analysis of norpA; rdgC flies shows that the norpA-encoded phospholipase C, the target enzyme of the G protein activated by rhodopsin, is not required for rdgC-induced degeneration. Thus the rdgC+ gene product is required to prevent retinal degeneration that results from a previously unrecognized consequence of rhodopsin stimulation.

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    English
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    Neuron
    Title
    Neuron
    Publication Year
    1988-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0896-6273
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