Reciprocal functions of the Drosophila yellow and ebony proteins in the development and evolution of pigment patterns.

@article{Wittkopp2002ReciprocalFO,
  title={Reciprocal functions of the Drosophila yellow and ebony proteins in the development and evolution of pigment patterns.},
  author={Patricia J Wittkopp and John R True and Sean B. Carroll},
  journal={Development},
  year={2002},
  volume={129 8},
  pages={1849-58}
}
Body coloration affects how animals interact with the environment. In insects, the rapid evolution of black and brown melanin patterns suggests that these are adaptive traits. The developmental and molecular mechanisms that generate these pigment patterns are largely unknown. We demonstrate that the regulation and function of the yellow and ebony genes in Drosophila melanogaster play crucial roles in this process. The Yellow protein is required to produce black melanin, and is expressed in a… CONTINUE READING
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