Faculty Advisor

Politz, Samuel M.

Abstract

The C. elegans srf-6 gene has been shown to control the timing of expression of a surface antigen displayed on the first larval (L1) stage. To further characterize this gene, chemotaxis of srf-6 mutants to various volatile and non-volatile substances that normally elicit wild-type responses was studied. Results from these assays indicated that srf-6 mutants have defective senses of taste and smell. In addition, the phenotype of a double mutant suggested that another C. elegans gene, tax-4, acts downstream of srf-6 gene in the pathway controlling expression of L1-specific surface antigens.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Major

Biology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Program

Biology and Biotechnology

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