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Drosophila melanogaster collected in sub-equatorial Africa in the 1970s are remarkably tolerant of sustained laboratory culture above 30 degrees C and of acute exposure to much warmer temperatures. Inducible thermotolerance of high temperatures, which in Drosophila melanogaster is due in part to the inducible molecular chaperone Hsp70, is only modest in(More)
Thermotolerance was studied in a wide spectrum of Drosophila species and strains originating from different climatic zones and considerably differing from one another in the ambient temperature of their habitats. The species that lived in hot climate have a higher thermotolerance. Most species of the virilis group exhibited positive correlation between the(More)
Here we studied the response to heat shock in a desert D. melanogaster strain TT capable of living and propagating at 32 degrees C and the standard Oregon R strain. The TT strain proved to be more resistant to extreme temperatures. On the other hand, the observed high thermotolerance of the strain was not accompanied by a higher level of HSP70 synthesis.(More)
Genomic libraries were obtained from species belonging to the "virilis" group of Drosophila. Several copies of Penelope elements were isolated from these libraries by using a D. virilis Penelope clone as a probe. The elements were sequenced, and their structure was determined. The geographical distribution of this family of mobile elements in closely(More)
Unlike all other Drosophila species studied to date, species in the virilis group of Drosophila have 2 complete copies of hsp68 arranged in inverted head-to-head orientation. Evidence for this conclusion includes Southern blots for D. virilis, D. lummei, and D. montana, PCR analysis of the former 2 species, in situ hybridization in D. virilis x D. lummei(More)
The interaction between acetyl-CoA fragments and rat liver acetyl-CoA carboxylase was studied. It was found that the 3'-phosphate group did not interfere with the enzyme interaction since the substrate properties of acetyl-dephospho-CoA and acetyl-CoA are nearly identical. The non-nucleotide substrate analogs S-acetyl-pantethin and its 4'-phosphate) also(More)
The mobile element Penelope is activated and mobilizes several other transposons in dysgenic crosses in Drosophila virilis. Its structure proved to be complex and to vary greatly in all examined species of the virilis group. Phylogenetic analysis of the reverse transcriptase (RT) domain assigned Penelope to a new branch, rather than to any known family, of(More)
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