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Insect Mol Biol. 2000 Dec;9(6):641-5.

Heat-shock protein 90 is down-regulated during pupal diapause in the flesh fly, Sarcophaga crassipalpis, but remains responsive to thermal stress.

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Department of Entomology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


Heat-shock protein 23 (hsp23) and hsp70 are both known to be strongly up-regulated during pupal diapause in the flesh fly Sarcophaga crassipalpis. This prompted us to investigate whether hsp90 was also up-regulated during diapause. To test this possibility, we developed a partial clone of a hsp90 family member for use as a probe in Northern blot hybridization. Both high and low temperature exposure up-regulated hsp90 transcripts in nondiapausing individuals. In contrast to hsp23 and hsp70, hsp90 was down-regulated following entry into diapause, and returned to prediapause levels after diapause termination. The response of hsp90 to heat shock and cold shock remained intact during diapause: both shocks evoked elevated expression. The results indicate differential regulation of hsps during diapause and in response to thermal injury inflicted on diapausing pupae.

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