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Tzolovsky, G., Deng, W.M., Schlitt, T., Bownes, M. (1999). The function of the Broad-Complex during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis.  Genetics 153(3): 1371--1383.
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FBrf0112061
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The Broad-Complex (BR-C) is an early ecdysone response gene that functions during metamorphosis and encodes a family of zinc-finger transcription factors. It is expressed in a dynamic pattern during oogenesis. Its late expression in the lateral-dorsal-anterior follicle cells is related to the morphogenesis of the chorionic appendages. All four zinc-finger isoforms are expressed in oogenesis, which is consistent with the abnormal appendage phenotypes resulting from their ectopic expression. We investigated the mechanism by which the BR-C affects chorion deposition by using BrdU to follow the effects of BR-C misexpression on DNA replication and in situ hybridization to ovarian mRNA to evaluate chorion gene expression. Ectopic BR-C expression leads to prolonged endoreplication and to additional amplification of genes, besides the chorion genes, at other sites in the genome. The pattern of chorion gene expression is not affected along the anterior-posterior axis, but the follicle cells at the anterior of the oocyte fail to migrate correctly in an anterior direction when BR-C is misexpressed. We conclude that the target genes of the BR-C in oogenesis include a protein essential for endoreplication and chorion gene amplification. This may provide a link between steroid hormones and the control of DNA replication during oogenesis.

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PMC1460822 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Genetics
    Title
    Genetics
    Publication Year
    1916-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0016-6731
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