Signal transduction during fertilization in the unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas

Junmin Pan, William J. Snell

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Sexual reproduction in the green alga, Chlamydomonas, is regulated by environmental conditions and by cell-cell interactions. After gametogenesis, flagellar adhesion between gametes triggers gamete activation, leading to cell fusion and zygote formation. Recent studies have identified new molecular events that underlie signal transduction during Chlamydomonas fertilization, including expression of a sex-determining protein, phosphorylation of a homeodomain protein, activity of a kinesin II and regulated translocation of an aurora/Ip11-like protein kinase from the cell body to the flagella.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-602
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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