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Connecting Concepts: Animal Physiology/Signal Transduction

Description This tutorial/simulation consists of three topics. In topic 1, students examine generalized components and events of signal transduction, first using the metaphor of a pool game and then in the Fight-or-Flight response. Students will: 1) observe animations of signal transduction in the game of pool, in the organ systems of a student, and in a liver cell responding to adrenalin; and 2) identify components (receptor, intermediaries, target) and events (signal engagement, relay, and interaction with target) in each animation. In topic 2, students delve further into signal transduction with a journey into the olfactory neuron of a mosquito. They look at how lactic acid in human sweat triggers a cellular and behavioral mosquito response. Students: 1) step through an animation of the... Show More


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Marty Zahn
Marty Zahn (Faculty)
7 years ago

A highly interactive exercise that investigate themechanism and importance of signal transduction in cell activity. This is a vital and not easily understood concept.  Very well written and well organized. Requires students to draw conclusions from information presented.

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