Quantitative thermotaxis of strains lacking repeat segments. Quantitative measurements of thermotaxis by slugs of wild type AX2, filamin null mutant HG1264, the rescued strain HPF620, two transformants expressing filaminΔ1 HPF622 and HPF623 and HPF627 a transformant expressing filaminΔ5. All transformants expressing filmainΔ2–6 showed similar thermotaxis phenotypes to HPF627 which was included as an example. Temperatures follow the previous convention of being designated 1 through 8 in arbitrary units. Separate calibration experiments have shown that these correspond to temperatures at the surface of the centre of each plate ranging from 14°C in 2°C steps to 28°C, with a temperature gradient at the agar surface of 0.2°C/cm. The slug trails were digitised and analysed using directional statistics . Positive values indicate the accuracy of positive thermotaxis (κ) towards the warmth, negative values indicate the accuracy of negative thermotaxis (κ) towards the cold and a value of zero indicates there was no preferred direction. Vertical bars are 90% confidence limits. AX2, HPF620 and HPF623 all display high accuracies of positive thermotaxis at T4 and T5 and low positive accuracies of thermotaxis at the cooler and hotter temperatures with AX2 displaying negative accuracies of thermotaxis at T1. HG1264, HPF622 and HPF627 displayed small accuracies of thermotaxis at all temperature points. It is normal for the accuracy of thermotaxis by wild type AX2 slugs to decline above and below the growth temperature and either approach zero or even switch to negative thermotaxis at T1 [16, 39]. At some of the higher temperatures slugs of several of the strains did not migrate so thermotaxis could not be measured.
Annesley et al. BMC Cell Biology 2007 8:48 doi:10.1186/1471-2121-8-48