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Kenneth Ramos
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Second messenger molecules and the aggregation of social amoebae

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I have read that cyclic AMP (adenosine monophosphate) a second messenger molecule, is used as a catalyst by social amoebae to bring together or cause an aggregation of other social amoebae to form a…Continue

 

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Second messenger molecules and aggregation of social amoebae

I have read that cyclic AMP (adenosine monophosphate) a second messenger molecule, is used as a catalyst by social amoebae to bring together or cause an aggregation of other social amoebae to form a grex or a “slug,” resulting in the fruiting body of a cellular slime mold e.g., Dictyostelium spp. I have oftentimes wondered if this aggregation of cells caused by this second messenger molecule be some how distantly related to the formation of multicellular tissues or life as we know of it today, both extant and that of extinct organisms as well?See More
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Citizen scientist, amateur naturalist and researcher who studies Eumycetozoans among others.

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