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Chapter title
Chapter number 10
Book title
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Methods in molecular biology, January 2016
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-3789-9_10
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Book ISBNs
978-1-4939-3787-5, 978-1-4939-3789-9

Valentine, Megan Smith, Van Houten, Judith L, Megan Smith Valentine, Judith L. Van Houten


Paramecium is a useful model organism for the study of ciliary-mediated chemical sensing and response. Here we describe ways to take advantage of Paramecium to study chemoresponse.Unicellular organisms like the ciliated protozoan Paramecium sense and respond to chemicals in their environment (Van Houten, Ann Rev Physiol 54:639-663, 1992; Van Houten, Trends Neurosci 17:62-71, 1994). A thousand or more cilia that cover Paramecium cells serve as antennae for chemical signals, similar to ciliary function in a large variety of metazoan cell types that have primary or motile cilia (Berbari et al., Curr Biol 19(13):R526-R535, 2009; Singla V, Reiter J, Science 313:629-633, 2006). The Paramecium cilia also produce the motor output of the detection of chemical cues by controlling swimming behavior. Therefore, in Paramecium the cilia serve multiple roles of detection and response.We present this chapter in three sections to describe the methods for (1) assaying populations of cells for their behavioral responses to chemicals (attraction and repulsion), (2) characterization of the chemoreceptors and associated channels of the cilia using proteomics and binding assays, and (3) electrophysiological analysis of individual cells' responses to chemicals. These methods are applied to wild type cells, mutants, transformed cells that express tagged proteins, and cells depleted of gene products by RNA Interference (RNAi).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 25%
Unknown 3 75%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 2 50%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 25%
Other 1 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 1 25%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 25%
Psychology 1 25%

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