Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

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Winslow R. Briggs, John L. Spudich
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 6, 2006 - Science - 496 pages
This first complete resource on photosensory receptors from bacteria, plants and animals compiles the data on all known classes of photoreceptors, creating a must-have reference for students and researchers for many years to come. Among the editors are the current and a former president of the American Society for Photobiology.

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1 Microbial Rhodopsins Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity
2 Sensory Rhodopsin Signaling in Green Flagellate Algae
3 Visual Pigments as Photoreceptors
4 Structural and Functional Aspects of the Mammalian RodCell Photoreceptor Rhodopsin
5 A Novel Light Sensing Pathway in the Eye Conserved Features of Inner Retinal Photoreception in Rodents Man and Teleost Fish
6 The Phytochromes
7 Phytochrome Signaling
8 Phytochromes in Microorganisms
13 Blue Light Sensing and Signaling by the Phototropins
14 LOVdomain Photochemistry
15 LOVDomain Structure Dynamics and Diversity
16 The ZEITLUPE Family of Putative Photoreceptors
17 Photoreceptor Gene Families in Lower Plants
18 Neurospora Photoreceptors
19 Photoactive Yellow Protein the Xanthopsin
20 Hypericinlike Photoreceptors

9 Lightactivated Intracellular Movement of Phytochrome
10 Plant Cryptochromes Their Genes Biochemistry and Physiological Roles
11 Plant Cryptochromes and Signaling
12 Animal Cryptochromes
21 The Antirepressor AppA uses the Novel FlavinBinding BLUF Domain as a BlueLightAbsorbing Photoreceptor to Control Photosystem Synthesis
22 Discovery and Characterization of Photoactivated Adenylyl Cyclase PAC a Novel BlueLight Receptor Flavoprotein from Euglena gracilis

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Winslow Briggs obtained his acadmic degrees from Harvard University almost fifty years ago. He spent most of his career at Stanford University, interrupted by a brief return to Harvard. He is currently professor emeritus of Stanford University and of the Carnegie Institution, where he is heading a research laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology. Professor Briggs has received numerous scientific awards including the Stephen Hales Prize of the American Society of Plant Physiologists and the Sterling Hendricks medal jointly bestowed by the USDA and the American Chemical Society. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a long-time editor of the Annual Review of Plant Physiology.

John Spudich received his PhD in biophysics from UC Berkeley working on chemotaxis, and conducted postdoctoral research on light-entrainment of circadian rhythms at Harvard and on photochemistry of retinal proteins at UCSF. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Since 1991 he is professor at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he presently holds the Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry and is director of the Center for Membrane Biology. Professor Spudich recently received the Research Award of the American Society for Photobiology, as well as an NIH MERIT award. Together with Winslow Briggs, he has founded a new series of Gordon Conferences on Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction.

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