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The Coral and Zooxanthellae Symbiosis

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003574/00001

Material Information

Title: The Coral and Zooxanthellae Symbiosis Conventional Kinesin's Role in the Expulsion of Zooxanthellae during Induced Bleaching
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Smith, Leah Jane
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Coral
Zooxanthellae
Kinesin
Bleaching
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Coral reefs are an important part of the ocean's ecosystem. Reef forming coral share a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium), a dinoflagellate. Bleaching, or expulsion of their zooxanthellae occurs when corals encounter environmental stress, such as raised sea water temperatures. With the loss of its symbionts, coral recovery rates decline. A better understanding of the bleaching process will help researchers identify ways to predict accurately and potentially prevent coral bleaching. In this study, the mechanisms involved in induced coral bleaching were explored. A kinesin heavy chain (KHC) inhibitor, SUK4, was applied to Acropora sp. fragments under induced bleaching conditions (i.e. raised temperatures). BioPORTER, a new protein transfector, was used to attempt to incorporate the antibody into the coral cells. Coral fragments exposed to SUK4 did not release fewer zooxanthellae as predicted, leaving the exact method of expulsion unclear. However, studies using a larger sample size and an antibody known to be compatible with coral KHC will lead to a more precise understanding of kinesin's role in zooxanthellae expulsion during the bleaching phenomena.
Statement of Responsibility: by Leah Jane Smith
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Gilchrist, Sandra

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 S65
System ID: NCFE003574:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003574/00001

Material Information

Title: The Coral and Zooxanthellae Symbiosis Conventional Kinesin's Role in the Expulsion of Zooxanthellae during Induced Bleaching
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Smith, Leah Jane
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Coral
Zooxanthellae
Kinesin
Bleaching
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Coral reefs are an important part of the ocean's ecosystem. Reef forming coral share a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium), a dinoflagellate. Bleaching, or expulsion of their zooxanthellae occurs when corals encounter environmental stress, such as raised sea water temperatures. With the loss of its symbionts, coral recovery rates decline. A better understanding of the bleaching process will help researchers identify ways to predict accurately and potentially prevent coral bleaching. In this study, the mechanisms involved in induced coral bleaching were explored. A kinesin heavy chain (KHC) inhibitor, SUK4, was applied to Acropora sp. fragments under induced bleaching conditions (i.e. raised temperatures). BioPORTER, a new protein transfector, was used to attempt to incorporate the antibody into the coral cells. Coral fragments exposed to SUK4 did not release fewer zooxanthellae as predicted, leaving the exact method of expulsion unclear. However, studies using a larger sample size and an antibody known to be compatible with coral KHC will lead to a more precise understanding of kinesin's role in zooxanthellae expulsion during the bleaching phenomena.
Statement of Responsibility: by Leah Jane Smith
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Gilchrist, Sandra

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 S65
System ID: NCFE003574:00001

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