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Development. 1993 Nov;119(3):799-812.

Pattern formation in the limbs of Drosophila: bric à brac is expressed in both a gradient and a wave-like pattern and is required for specification and proper segmentation of the tarsus.

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  • 1Department of Biology, University of California at Los Angeles 90024.


We have identified the gene bric à brac and show that it is required for pattern formation along the proximal-distal axis of the leg and antenna of Drosophila. In bric à brac mutant legs, the bristle pattern of the three central tarsal segments is transformed towards the pattern of the most proximal tarsal segment. In addition, bric à brac mutant legs and antennae have segmentation defects. bric à brac encodes a nuclear protein that shares a highly conserved domain with two transcription factors from Drosophila. bric à brac function is dosage dependent and is required in a graded manner for the specification of tarsal segments. The graded requirement for bric à brac correlates with its graded expression pattern, suggesting that the concentration of BRIC A BRAC protein specifies segment identity in the tarsus.

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