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Mech Dev. 1997 Jul;65(1-2):209-20.

The Drosophila homeotic gene moira regulates expression of engrailed and HOM genes in imaginal tissues.

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Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


moira is a member of the trithorax group of homeotic gene regulators in Drosophila melanogaster. We show that moira is required for the function of multiple homeotic genes of the Antennapedia and bithorax complexes (HOM genes) in most imaginal tissues and that the requirement for moira function is at the level of transcription. moira is also required for transcription of the engrailed segmentation gene in the imaginal wing disc. The abnormalities caused by the loss of moira function in germ cells suggests that at least one other target gene requires moira for normal oogenesis.

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