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Eur J Biochem. 1999 Jun;262(2):456-66.

Sex-specific transcripts of the Dstpk61 serine/threonine kinase gene in Drosophila melanogaster.

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Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK.


We describe the characterization of several transcripts of the Drosophila serine/threonine protein kinase 61 (Dstpk61) gene. Dstpk61 produces at least four transcripts, including a 3.0-kb testis-specific transcript, a 4.5-kb female-specific carcass transcript, a 3.5-kb ovary-specific transcript, and a 4.7-kb non-sex-specific transcript. Two cDNAs, a 4.5-kb cDNA (cDNAB) and a 3.0-kb cDNA (cDNAA), likely to correspond to either the non-specific or the female-specific carcass and the testis-specific transcript, respectively, were fully sequenced and found to encode a novel OPA-repeat-containing serine/threonine-specific protein kinase. cDNAA and cDNAB both contain the entire ORF that encodes this predicted protein, but differ in the untranslated regions. The cDNAs contain translational control elements which are found in transcripts under male germline-specific translational control, and doublesex-like 13-nucleotide repeat elements, which are required for transformer/transformer-2-mediated splicing of the female doublesex transcript. The complex tissue and sex-specific transcripts, differing in the untranslated regions which are likely to be crucial in translational control, suggest that this kinase may have both general and sex-specific functions. The protein is homologous to human 3-phosphoinositide dependent protein kinase, which is involved in transduction of insulin signalling.

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