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EMBO J. 1982;1(11):1373-9.

Segmental differences in the protein content of Drosophila imaginal discs.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Génétique, Université libre de Bruxelles, 1640 Rhode St Genèse, Belgium.


The protein content of various Drosophila imaginal discs was analysed by two-dimensional electrophoresis followed by silver-staining. Three proteins, identified as tropomyosins alpha and beta and actin I, are more abundant in the metathoracic discs (haltere and third leg) than in the mesothoracic discs (wing and second leg). In the case of the wing disc, these proteins are probably contributed by the adepithelial (muscle precursor) cells, as indicated by their non-uniform localisation within the disc. Mutations in the bithorax complex have no effect on the difference between second and third leg discs. We conclude that there is a segmental difference in the protein content of homologous discs, that this difference is probably localized in the adepithelial cells, and that it is not under the direct control of known alleles of the bithorax complex.

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