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Cell. 1988 Aug 12;54(4):461-72.

Precise determination of the molecular limits of a polytene chromosome band: regulatory sequences for the Notch gene are in the interband.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0554.


We have aligned the molecular map of the Notch locus to the cytological features of the salivary gland polytene chromosomes of D. melanogaster in order to determine the interphase chromatin structure of this gene. Using high-resolution in situ hybridization and computer-aided optical microscope data collection and image analysis, we have determined that the coding portions and introns of the Notch gene, which is not expressed in this tissue, are all contained within the polytene chromosome band 3C7. The portion of the Notch gene that resides 5' to the start of transcription lies in an open chromatin conformation, the interband between bands 3C6 and 3C7. Our data are most consistent with condensation of the chromosomal DNA into 30 nm fibers in this polytene band.

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