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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Jan 1986; 83(2): 404–408.
PMCID: PMC322867

Molecular characterization of the Drosophila vermilion locus and its suppressible alleles.

Abstract

We have cloned vermilion (v), one of the genes required for brown eye pigment synthesis in Drosophila, using a mutant (vH2a) "tagged" with the transposon P factor. Mutations that disrupt v gene expression are clustered within approximately 2 kilobases of DNA. A 1.4-kilobase transcript, homologous to this same region, is present in v+ RNA but absent in RNA from several v mutants. The spontaneous v alleles that are suppressed by the suppressor of sable [su(s)] are apparently identical insertions of 412, a copia-like transposable element. Preliminary evidence suggests that su(s)-suppressible alleles at other loci may also be 412 insertions.

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