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Robustness of Circadian Timing Systems Evolves in the Fruit Fly Drosophila melanogaster as a Correlated Response to Selection for Adult Emergence in a Narrow Window of Time.
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PMID:  23130824     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Robustness is a fundamental property of biological timing systems that is likely to ensure their efficient functioning under a wide range of environmental conditions. Here we report the findings of our study aimed at examining robustness of circadian clocks in fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster populations selected to emerge as adults within a narrow window of time. Previously, we have reported that such flies display enhanced synchrony, accuracy, and precision in their adult emergence and activity/rest rhythms. Since it is expected that accurate and precise circadian clocks may confer enhanced stability in circadian time-keeping, we decided to examine robustness in circadian rhythms of flies from the selected populations by subjecting them to a variety of environmental conditions comprising of a range of photoperiods, light intensities, ambient temperatures, and constant darkness. The results revealed that adult emergence and activity/rest rhythms of flies from the selected stocks were more robust than controls, as they displayed enhanced stability under a wide variety of environmental conditions. These results suggest that selection for adult emergence within a narrow window of time results in the evolution of robustness in circadian timing systems of the fruit fly D. melanogaster. (Author correspondence: or ).
Nisha N Kannan; Narendra Mukherjee; Vijay Kumar Sharma
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chronobiology international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1525-6073     ISO Abbreviation:  Chronobiol. Int.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8501362     Medline TA:  Chronobiol Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Chronobiology Laboratory, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, Karnataka , India.
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