Evidences for circadian rhythmicity in the per0 mutant of Drosophila melanogaster

Z Naturforsch C J Biosci. 1987 Nov-Dec;42(11-12):1335-8. doi: 10.1515/znc-1987-11-1231.


per0 Mutants of Drosophila melanogaster which are exposed to light-dark cycles (LD) with different Zeitgeber period (T) have a limited range of entrainment. Entrained flies show a characteristic phase relationship of activity to the LD which depends on the period of the driving cycle as expected by oscillator theory. Both facts are taken as evidence that per. possesses endogenous oscillators and that the per gene product is not concerned with central clock structures but rather might be responsible for the mutual coupling between the individual oscillators in a multioscillatory system controlling locomotor activity.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / physiology
  • Genes*
  • Larva
  • Mutation