Chapter 12. Animal Cryptochromes

  1. Prof. Dr. Winslow R. Briggs3 and
  2. Prof. Dr. John L. Spudich4
  1. Russell N. Van Gelder1 and
  2. Aziz Sancar2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1002/352760510X.ch12

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

How to Cite

Van Gelder, R. N. and Sancar, A. (2005) Animal Cryptochromes, in Handbook of Photosensory Receptors (eds W. R. Briggs and J. L. Spudich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/352760510X.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 260 Panama St., Stanford, CA 94305, USA

  2. 4

    Center for Membrane Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School, 6431 Fannin Street, MSB 6.130, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Washington University Medical School, Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 660 South Euclid Ave. CB 8096, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, USA

  2. 2

    University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Mary Ellen Jones Building CB 7260, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2005
  2. Published Print: 17 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527310197

Online ISBN: 9783527605101



  • photosensory receptors;
  • animal cryptochromes;
  • Drosophila melanogaster cryptochrome;
  • mammalian cryptochromes;
  • circadian rhythmicity;
  • nonvisual photoreception


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Discovery of Animal Cryptochromes

  • Structure–Function Considerations

  • Drosophila melanogaster Cryptochrome

  • Mammalian Cryptochromes, Circadian Rhythmicity, and Nonvisual Photoreception

  • Cryptochromes of Other Animals

  • Conclusions and Future Directions

  • References