Dominik Bopp

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The orb gene of Drosophila encodes sex-specific germ-line proteins that contain two RRM-type RNA-binding domains. Here we report the distribution of Orb protein in wild-type, tumorous, and orb mutant ovaries. The wild-type distribution of Orb protein during oogenesis resembles that of its RNA, preferentially accumulating in the cytoplasm of the developing(More)
The binary switch gene Sex-lethal (Sxl) must be on in females and off in males to allow the proper elaboration of the appropriate sexual developmental pathway in Drosophila melanogaster. Previous studies suggested a mechanism in which the on/off regulation of Sxl occurs post-transcriptionally at the level of RNA splicing. A critical prediction of this model(More)
In addition to controlling somatic sexual development in Drosophila melanogaster, the Sex-lethal (Sxl) gene is required for proper differentiation of female germ cells. To investigate its role in germ-line development, we have examined the expression of Sxl in wild-type ovaries and ovaries that are defective in early steps of germ cell differentiation. As(More)
In D. melanogaster the binary switch gene Sex-lethal (Sxl) plays a pivotal role in somatic sex determination -- when the Sxl gene is on the female pathway is followed, while the male pathway is followed when the gene is off. In the present study we have asked whether the Sxl gene is present in other species of the genus Drosophila and whether it is subject(More)
It has been suggested that sexual identity in the germline depends upon the combination of a nonautonomous somatic signaling pathway and an autonomous X chromosome counting system. In the studies reported here, we have examined the role of the sexual differentiation genes transformer (tra) and doublesex (dsx) in regulating the activity of the somatic(More)
Unlike sex determination in the soma, which is an autonomous process, sex determination in the germline of Drosophila has both inductive and autonomous components. In this paper, we examined how sexual identity is selected and maintained in the Drosophila germline. We show that female-specific expression of genes in the germline is dependent on a somatic(More)
Sxl has been proposed to regulate splicing of specific target genes by directly interacting with their pre-mRNAs. We have therefore examined the RNA-binding properties of Sxl protein in vitro and in vivo. Gel shift and UV cross-linking assays with a purified recombinant MBP-Sxl fusion protein demonstrated preferential binding to RNAs containing poly(U)(More)
In this technical report we demonstrate a low-cost online unit allowing movement tracking of flagellated bacteria on a single-cell level during fermentation processes. The system's ability to distinguish different metabolic states (viability) of bacteria by movement velocity was investigated. A flow-through cuvette with automatically adjustable layer(More)
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