The genetic analysis of a large transposing element of Drosophila melanogaster


A member of Ising's family of large transposing elements (TEs) has inserted into, or very near, the crinkled (ck, 2–50) locus. This TE (TE36) carries functional alleles of both the white and roughest loci, and causes a hypomorphic mutation of ck. The TE is visible in polytene chromosomes as a two-banded insertion between 35B9 and 35C1. These bands show homology to foldback (FB) elements by in situ hybridization. All spontaneous losses of TE36 remain mutant for ck and retain sequences homologous to FB at the site of TE's insertion. TE36 carries only one functional copy of w +, by the criterion that z w, TE36/ + flies are wild-type for eye color but z w; TE36/TE36 flies are zeste. This white+ gene is dosage compensated since w/Y; TE36/+ males have twice as much eye pigment as w/w; TE36/ + females. A form of the TE that has four polytene chromosome bands and expresses twice as much pigment as TE36 has been recovered. However, its white genes are not suppressed by zeste.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00286485

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@article{Gubb2004TheGA, title={The genetic analysis of a large transposing element of Drosophila melanogaster}, author={David C Gubb and Micah Shelton and John Roote and Stephen McGill and Michael Ashburner}, journal={Chromosoma}, year={2004}, volume={91}, pages={54-64} }