Tissue-specific and pretranslational character of variants of the rosy locus control element in Drosophila melanogaster.

S. H. Clark, S. Daniels, C. A. Rushlow, A. J. Hilliker, A. Chovnick

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Prior reports from this laboratory have described the experimental basis for our understanding of the genetic organization of the rosy locus (ry:3-52.0) of Drosophila melanogaster, as a bipartite genetic entity consisting of a structural element that codes for the xanthine dehydrogenase (XDH) peptide and a contiguous, cis-acting control element. The present report describes our progress in the analysis of the control element and its variants. Characterization of the control element variants reveals that, with respect to late third instar larval tissue distribution of XDH activity and cross-reacting material, i409H is associated with a large, tissue-specific increase in fat body which is not observed in malpighian tubules. Further data are presented in support of the inference that this differential expression must reflect differential production of XDH-specific RNA transcripts.--Gel blot analyses are described which demonstrate that the phenotypic effects associated with variation in the rosy locus control element relate to differences in accumulation of XDH-specific poly-A+ RNA and do not relate to differences in rosy DNA template numbers.--Experiments are described that provide for unambiguous mapping of control element sites through the use of half-tetrad recombination experiments and the recovery and phenotypic characterization of the reciprocal products of exchange between control element site variants. Thus, we are able to order the sites as follows: kar-i1005 i409-ry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-968
Number of pages16
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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