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Mol Gen Genet. 1993 Jun;239(3):361-70.

Study of the ref(2)P locus of Drosophila melanogaster. II. Genetic studies of the 37DF region.

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Laboratoire de Génétique des Virus, C.N.R.S., Gif-sur-Yvette, France.


The ref(2)P gene of Drosophila melanogaster is implicated in sigma rhabdovirus multiplication. Two common alleles of ref(2)P are known, ref(2)P0 which permits sigma virus multiplication and ref(2)Pp which is restrictive for most sigma virus strains. This gene maps to the cytogenetic region 37E3-F3. Using Df(2L)E55 (= Df(2L)37D2-E1;37F5-38A1), we have screened for lethal, semi-lethal and visible mutations following diepoxybutane (DEB) or ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) mutagenesis. Our data confirm than DEB is more efficient than EMS at inducing deletions. The mutations obtained in this region define 14 complementation groups. One of them, l(2)37Dh, appears to be a general enhancer of Minute and Minute-like mutations. None of the mutations were allelic to the ref(2)P locus. Loss-of-function alleles of ref(2)P (called null) were selected following DEB mutagenesis. Homozygous or hemizygous ref(2)Pnull flies are male sterile. These flies, like homozygous or hemizygous ref(2)P0 flies, are fully permissive for sigma virus replication. We suggest that the ref(2)P products interact with viral products, but that this interaction is not necessary for an efficient viral cycle.

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