Event Title

Timekeeping in Roundworm Digestion

Presenter Information

Christopher Ayoub, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A155

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 2:30 PM

Abstract

Biological systems are elegant timekeepers that control cycles of varied periodicity. These cycles include timekeepers to regulate period length and executors to enact the rhythmic behavior. Roundworm digestion is a periodic motor program in which three sequential muscle contractions, occurring every ~50 seconds, lead to waste release. I have discovered that the calcineurin gene, tax-6, appears to affect cycle timing. Mutation of tax-6 causes shortened digestion cycles. I will share my data demonstrating tax-6’s role in biological timekeeping.

Notes

Session 1, Panel 2 - Cellular Expression: Studies in Mutation, Digestion, and Mutualism
Moderator: Taylor Allen, Associate Professor of Biology

Major

Anthropology; Biology

Advisor(s)

Amy Margaris, Anthropology
Yolanda Cruz, Biology

Project Mentor(s)

Maureen Peters, Biology

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Apr 24th, 1:30 PM Apr 24th, 2:30 PM

Timekeeping in Roundworm Digestion

Science Center, A155

Biological systems are elegant timekeepers that control cycles of varied periodicity. These cycles include timekeepers to regulate period length and executors to enact the rhythmic behavior. Roundworm digestion is a periodic motor program in which three sequential muscle contractions, occurring every ~50 seconds, lead to waste release. I have discovered that the calcineurin gene, tax-6, appears to affect cycle timing. Mutation of tax-6 causes shortened digestion cycles. I will share my data demonstrating tax-6’s role in biological timekeeping.