Science and Mathematics Faculty Presentations

Document Type

Poster Session

Event Date



Buckeye Cell Biology Conference


Columbus, OH


Chemotaxis, chemorepellent, netrin-1


Netrin-1 is a pleiotropic signaling molecule with targets in many mammalian cell types. Though first characterized as a chemotactic signal involved in neuronal guidance during development, netrin-1 has since been found to have a regulatory role in angiogenesis, and is also used as a biomarker in certain cancers.

Tetrahymena thermophila are free-living protists that rely on chemotactic signals to find food, as well as to escape predators. Chemoattractants cause the cells to swim faster in the forward direction, while chemorepellents cause ciliary reversal, resulting in movement of the cell away from the noxious stimulus. We have previously found that netrin-1 is a chemorepellent in T. thermophila. More recently, we have detected netrin-1 by ELISA in both whole cell extract and secreted protein samples obtained from T. thermophila. In addition, we have immunolocalized netrin-1 staining to the cytosol of T. thermophila using an anti-netrin-1 antibody. We are currently running Western blots to determine the molecular weight of this protein and compare it to its vertebrate counterparts. Further experimentation is needed to determine the physiological role of this protein in T. thermophila.

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