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Genetics. 2000 Oct;156(2):749-61.

The LAMMER protein kinase encoded by the Doa locus of Drosophila is required in both somatic and germline cells and is expressed as both nuclear and cytoplasmic isoforms throughout development.

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  • 1Waksman Institute, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08855, USA.


Activity of the Darkener of apricot (Doa) locus of Drosophila melanogaster is required for development of the embryonic nervous system, segmentation, photoreceptor maintenance, normal transcription, and sexual differentiation. The gene encodes a protein kinase, with homologues throughout eukaryotes known as the LAMMER kinases. We show here that DOA is expressed as at least two different protein isoforms of 105 and 55 kD throughout development, which are primarily localized to the cytoplasm and nucleus, respectively. Doa transcripts and protein are expressed in all cell types both during embryogenesis and in imaginal discs. Although it was recently shown that DOA kinase is essential for normal sexual differentiation, levels of both kinase isoforms are equal between the sexes during early pupal development. The presence of the kinase on the cell membrane and in the nuclei of polytene salivary gland cells, as well as exclusion from the nuclei of specific cells, may be indicative of regulated kinase localization. Mosaic analysis in both the soma and germline demonstrates that Doa function is essential for cell viability. Finally, in contrast to results reported in other systems and despite some phenotypic similarities, genetic data demonstrate that the LAMMER kinases do not participate in the ras-MAP kinase signal transduction pathway.

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