The odorant-binding proteins of Drosophila melanogaster: annotation and characterization of a divergent gene family.

@article{Graham2002TheOP,
  title={The odorant-binding proteins of Drosophila melanogaster: annotation and characterization of a divergent gene family.},
  author={Laurie A. Graham and Peter L Davies},
  journal={Gene},
  year={2002},
  volume={292 1-2},
  pages={43-55}
}
Insect odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) are thought to facilitate the delivery of hydrophobic odorants, such as sex pheromones or food odors, to receptors on sensory neurons. Increasingly, OBP family members are also being found in non-sensory tissues where they might carry other types of small hydrophobic molecules. They are identifiable by four or six conserved Cys residues and contain six alpha-helices which enclose a hydrophobic ligand-binding pocket. Through exhaustive BLAST searches we… CONTINUE READING

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