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Dow, J.A.T., Davies, S.A., Guo, Y., Graham, S., Finbow, M.E., Kaiser, K. (1997). Molecular genetic analysis of V-ATPase function in Drosophila melanogaster.  J. Exp. Biol. 200(2): 237--245.
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V-ATPases are phylogenetically widespread, highly conserved, multisubunit proton pumps. Originally characterised in endomembranes, they have been found to energise transport across plasma membranes in a range of animal cells and particularly in certain epithelia. While yeast is the model of choice for the rapid generation and identification of V-ATPase mutants, it does not allow their analysis in a plasma membrane context. For such purposes, Drosophila melanogaster is a uniquely suitable model. Accordingly, we have cloned and characterised genes encoding several V-ATPase subunits in D. melanogaster and, using P-element technology, we have succeeded in generating multiple new alleles. Reporter gene constructs reveal ubiquitous expression, but at particularly high levels in those epithelial thought to be energised by V-ATPases, and several of the alleles have lethal recessive phenotypes characterised by epithelial dysfunction. These results, while providing the first gene knockouts of V-ATPases in animals, also illustrate the general utility of D. melanogaster as a model for the genetic analysis of ion transport and its control in epithelia.

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    English
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    Abbreviation
    J. Exp. Biol.
    Title
    Journal of Experimental Biology
    Publication Year
    1930-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0022-0949
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