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Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2001 Mar 15;31(4-5):473-9.

The biolistic method as a tool for testing the differential activity of putative silkmoth chorion gene promoters.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15701, Athens, Greece.


Bombyx mori unpaired early chorion gene copies 6F6.1,.2 and.3 are exceptions to the typical organization and distribution pattern of known early ErA/ErB, middle A/B and late HcA/HcB divergently transcribed gene pairs. Contrary to such pairs, the boundaries of the 6F6 regulatory sequences are not easily defined; moreover, they share common sequence elements with the regulatory sequences of middle and late genes. In order to perform a functional study of the tissue and temporal specificity of the 6F6 putative promoter region, we decided to apply biolistics. In the present work, use of a region from the 6F6.2 5' untranslated sequence, spanning nucleotides -138 to the cap site, gave an expected expression pattern of a lacZ reporter gene. Temporal specificity was further verified by control experiments using the cloned intergenic sequence of the late gene pair HcA/B.12, which resulted in lacZ expression in late choriogenic follicles. At present, despite the recent successful germinal transgenesis of Bombyx mori, the biolistic transient expression system seems to be the most rapid technique to pursue the functional study of the promoter region of early chorion genes, including the three unconventional early 6F6 genes.

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