Chapter 18. Neurospora Photoreceptors

  1. Prof. Dr. Winslow R. Briggs2 and
  2. Prof. Dr. John L. Spudich3
  1. Jay C. Dunlap and
  2. Jennifer J. Loros

Published Online: 26 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1002/352760510X.ch18

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

How to Cite

Dunlap, J. C. and Loros, J. J. (2005) Neurospora Photoreceptors, 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.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

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

  2. 3

    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. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Genetics, 7400 Remsen, Hanover, NH 03755–3844, 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;
  • neurospora photoreceptors;
  • photobiology of fungi


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • The Photobiology of Fungi in General and Neurospora in Particular

    • Photoresponses are Widespread

    • Photobiology of Neurospora

  • Light Perception – the Nature of the Primary Blue Light Photoreceptor

    • Flavins as Chromophores

    • Genetic Dissection of the Light Response

    • New Insights into Photoreceptors from Genomics

  • How do the Known Photoreceptors Work?

    • WC-1 and WC-2 contain PAS Domains and Act as a Complex

    • WC-1 is the Blue Light Photoreceptor

    • Post-activation Regulation of WC-1

    • A Non-photobiological Role for WC-1 and the WCC

  • VIVID, a Second Photoreceptor that Modulates Light Responses

    • Types of Photoresponse Modulation

    • Proof of VVD Photoreceptor Function

  • Complexities in Light Regulatory Pathways

  • Summary and Conclusion

  • References