Open Close
Reference
Citation
Giannakou, M.E., Dow, J.A.T. (2001). Characterization of the Drosophila melanogaster alkali-metal/proton exchanger (NHE) gene family.  J. Exp. Biol. 204(21): 3703--3716.
FlyBase ID
FBrf0141626
Publication Type
Research paper
Abstract

The NHE family of Na+/H+ exchangers is believed to play an essential role in animals, but may play an additional, specialised epithelial role in insects. The pharmacological sensitivity of the Drosophila melanogaster Malpighian tubule to a range of amiloride derivatives was shown to be consistent with an effect on an exchanger, rather than a Na+ channel. Consistent with this, no degenerin/epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) genes could be detected in Malpighian tubules by reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Using a low-stringency homology searching, three members of the NHE family were identified in the genomic sequence of Drosophila melanogaster, although only two genes were represented as expressed sequence tags. All three genes (DmNHE1 at cytological position 21B1, DmNHE2 at 39B1 and DmNHE3 at 27A1) were found by RT-PCR to be widely expressed, and one (DmNHE2) was shown to have multiple transcripts. The putative translations of the three genes mark them as distantly related members of the family, inviting the possibility that they may serve distinct roles in insects.

PubMed ID
PubMed Central ID
DOI
Associated Information
Comments
Associated Files
Other Information
Secondary IDs
    Language of Publication
    English
    Additional Languages of Abstract
    Parent Publication
    Publication Type
    Journal
    Abbreviation
    J. Exp. Biol.
    Title
    Journal of Experimental Biology
    Publication Year
    1930-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0022-0949
    Data From Reference