RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cryptochrome molecules and receptor, illustration. Cryptochromes are capable of mediating a response to light falling on the molecule, triggering a cascade of other reactions (the CRY pathway) and playing a major role in the circadian rhythm. This illustration shows the structure of cryptochrome molecules and receptor from a Drosophila fruit fly. Drosophila cryptochrome (dCRY) is a circadian photoreceptor molecule that is dependent on FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide) and chromophore biochemistry.
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