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Genetics. 1992 Apr;130(4):817-25.

Genetic analysis of the additional sex combs locus of Drosophila melanogaster.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Abstract

Additional sex combs (Asx) is a member of the Polycomb group of genes, which are thought to be required for maintenance of chromatin structure. To better understand the function of Asx, we have isolated nine new alleles, each of which acts like a gain of function mutation. Asx is required for normal determination of segment identity. AsxP1 shows an unusual phenotype in that anterior and posterior homeotic transformations are seen in the same individuals, suggesting that AsxP1 might upset chromatin structure in a way that makes both activation and repression of homeotic genes more difficult. Analysis of embryonic and adult phenotypes of Asx alleles suggests that Asx is required zygotically for determination of segment number and polarity. The expression pattern of even-skipped is altered in Asx mutant embryos, suggesting that Asx is required for normal expression of this gene. We have transposon-tagged the Asx gene, and can thus begin molecular analysis of its function.

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PMC1204931
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