Send to

Choose Destination
Dev Genet. 1989;10(3):155-61.

Cloning and dosage compensation of the 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase gene (Pgd+) of Drosophila melanogaster.

Author information

Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27514.


Using a heterologous rat cDNA probe, we have identified a 14.7 kbp Drosophila melanogaster genomic clone containing the X-linked gene Pgd+, which encodes the enzyme 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD). We used in situ hybridization to larval polytene chromosomes, a somatic transient expression assay for enzyme activity, and the rescue of the lethal Pgd- phenotype by germline transformation to verify the identity of the gene. A 7.4 kbp fragment including the gene and approximately 1.2 kbp of upstream and 1.8 kbp of downstream sequences was relocated to autosomal ectopic sites by germline transformation; this transduced gene exhibits levels of enhanced activity in males comparable to those of the indigenous gene at its normal X chromosome locus. We conclude that the sequences responsible for dosage compensation of Pgd+ are included in this fragment.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center