The control of protein synthesis during heat shock in Drosophila cells involves altered polypeptide elongation rates.


When Drosophila tissue culture cells are shifted from 25 to 36 degrees C (heat shocked) the pre-existing mRNAs (25 degrees C mRNAs) remain in the cytoplasm but their translation products are underrepresented relative to the induced heat shock proteins. Many of these undertranslated 25 degrees C mRNAs are found in association with polysomes of similar size… (More)