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Choi, K.W., Smith, R.F., Buratowski, R.M., Quinn, W.G. (1991). Deficient protein kinase C activity in turnip, a Drosophila learning mutant.  J. Biol. Chem. 266: 15999--16006.
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The Drosophila mutant turnip was initially isolated based on poor learning performance (Quinn, W.G., Sziber, P.P., and Booker, R. (1979) Nature 277, 212-214). Here we show that turnip is dramatically reduced in protein kinase C (PKC) activity. In addition, turnip flies are deficient in phosphorylation of a 76-kDa head membrane protein (hereafter pp76) which is a major substrate for protein kinase C in homogenates of wild-type flies. Reduced PKC activity, defective pp76 phosphorylation, and most of turnip's learning deficiency co-map genetically to a region on the X-chromosome, 18A5-18D1-2, spanned by the deletion Df(1)JA27. Apparently turnip+ is not a structural gene for PKC because Drosophila PKC genes map elsewhere in the genome. Our results suggest that turnip gene product is required for activation of PKC and that PKC plays a role in associative learning in Drosophila.

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    English
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    J. Biol. Chem.
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    Journal of Biological Chemistry
    Publication Year
    1905-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0021-9258
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