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Dev Biol. 1990 Nov;142(1):1-12.

Multiple proteins are produced from the dec-1 eggshell gene in Drosophila by alternative RNA splicing and proteolytic cleavage events.

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  • 1Biology Department, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233.

Abstract

The defective chorion-1 gene (dec-1) in Drosophila encodes follicle cell proteins necessary for proper eggshell assembly. A distinctive feature of the gene is the production of multiple products by both alternative RNA splicing and proteolytic processing events. DNA and protein sequencing studies have revealed several dec-1 protein products. The predominant translation product, fc106, has a vitelline membrane-like N-terminal domain followed by a glutamine, methionine-rich central region, largely in the form of 26 amino acid repeats. During late stage 10 the N-terminal portion of fc106 is cleaved, yielding s80, a major eggshell protein. Conceptual translation of the DNA sequence as well as molecular analyses of several dec-1 mutants suggest that the less abundant alternatively spliced RNAs encode primary translation products with different carboxy terminal ends. These results are discussed with respect to previous genetic analyses of dec-1 mutants as well as with respect to potential protein-protein interactions which may underlie stabilization of this complex extracellular structure.

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