Crustacean phylogenetic systematics and opsin evolution /
Composed of a chromophore bound to an integral membrane protein (opsin), visual pigments are phenotypically characterized by the wavelength of maximal absorption (e?max). The underlying molecular mechanism controlling e?max is the interaction between the opsin amino acid sequence and the chromophore. While a plethora of studies have looked at structure/function relationships in vertebrate opsins, fewer studies have investigated similar issues in invertebrates. Furthermore, those few studies undertaken in invertebrate systems suggest different mechanisms of spectral tuning and photoactivation compared to vertebrate systems. This dissertation research is focused on expanding our knowledge of opsin evolution in invertebrate systems, particularly from non-insect taxa.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mysidae decapoda crustacea molecular evolution opsin mysida divergence time estimates systematics invertebrate
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