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Packert, G., Kuhn, D.T. (1998). The tumorous-head-1 locus affects bristle number of the Drosophila melanogaster cuticle.  Genetics 148(2): 743--752.
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FBrf0101976
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Research paper
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The tuh-1 maternal effect locus contains two naturally occurring isoalleles, tuh-1h and tuh-1g. Until recently there has been no possibility to distinguish between the tuh-lh and the tuh-1g maternal effects other than evaluating their effect on the Bithorax-Complex (BXC) Abdominal B (Abd-B) mutant tuh-3. However, in this report we identify a bristle phenotype associated with the tuh-1 locus that has very interesting evolutionary implications. Females homozygous for tuh-1h always produce adult offspring with more bristles than females homozygous or heterozygous for tuh-1g. The effect is global. Increased bristle number occurs in the head, the thorax, and the anterior and posterior abdomen. Females totally deficient for the tuh-1 gene produce offspring with high bristle number. Thus, the bristle phenotype results from the absence of the maternally contributed tuh-1g factor. Genetic evidence shows that the bristle phenotype is caused by the tuh-1 locus and that tuh-1h is completely recessive to tuh-1g. The tuh-1 locus is located at the euchromatin-beta-heterochromatin junction near the centromere of the X chromosome and deficiency analysis places the locus between the lethal genes extra organs (eo) and lethal B20 (lB20). The variance in bristle number attributable to the tuh-1 locus in nature is approximately 10.1%, an indication that the bristle phenotype is most likely a neutral, pleiotrophic side effect of tuh-1.

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PMC1459811 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Publication Type
    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Genetics
    Title
    Genetics
    Publication Year
    1916-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0016-6731
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    Genes (1)