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Benassayag, C., Seroude, L., Boube, M., Erard, M., Cribbs, D.L. (1997). A homeodomain point mutation of the Drosophila proboscipedia protein provokes eye loss independently of homeotic function.  Mech. Dev. 63(2): 187--198.
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FBrf0094144
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The Drosophila homeotic gene proboscipedia (pb: HoxA2/B2 homolog) is required for adult mouthparts development. Ectopic PB protein expression from a transgenic Hsp70-pb minigene (HSPB) results in transformation of adult antennae to maxillary palps. In contrast, most tissues appear refractory to PB-induced effects. To study the basis of homeotic tissue specificity we are isolating and studying mutations that modify dominant HSPB-induced phenotypes. One HSPB point mutation (Arg5 of the homeodomain to His) removes homeotic activity in the mouthparts and antennae, but provokes a dose-sensitive eye loss. We show that eye loss can be induced by PB proteins that no longer effectively bind to DNA. The dose-sensitive eye loss thus appears to be mediated by specific, context-dependent protein-protein interactions.

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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Mech. Dev.
    Title
    Mechanisms of Development
    Publication Year
    1990-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0925-4773
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