Selective UV-induced damage to short-wavelength receptor cells in the butterfly Papilio xuthus

M. Wakakuwa, V. B. Meyer-Rochow, M. Dezawa, T. Kashiwagi, E. Eguchi

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Abstract

A technique that allows the specific inactivation of short-wavelength-sensitive photoreceptive cells has been needed for a long time. Such a technique could be useful in studies on the role(s) of UV-receptors in circadian rhythmicity, recognition of floral patterns, homing behaviour, and mate selection in arthropods. We provide ultrastructural evidence that short-wavelength receptor cells can be selectively damaged without affecting other spectral-cell types. Since the method does not require the killing of the experimental animal, the latter can be used in behavioural or other follow-up tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalProtoplasma
Volume200
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electron microscopy
  • Eye
  • Lepidoptera
  • Photoreceptor
  • UV-induced cell damage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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