• A novel set of heat shock polypeptides in malpighian tubules ofDrosophila melanogaster

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      Heat shock response; HSP; D. melanogaster ; 58 kd HSP; malpighian tubules

    • Abstract


      In contrast to the general notion of induction of a common set of heat shock polypeptides (HSP) in all cell types, heat shocked malpighian tubules (MT) ofDrosophila melanogaster larvae did not synthesize the common set of HSP induced in salivary glands or brain ganglia of larvae and in gonads (testis or ovary) of adult flies. Instead, heat shocked MT of late 3rd instar larvae and freshly eclosed adults synthesized a novel set of polypeptides (MT-specific HSP) with a major induced band at 58 kd. Surprisingly, the MT of older flies synthesized both the MT-specific as well as the common set of HSP in response to heat shock. Fusion genes with hsp70 or hsp26 promoter linked to the lac-Z (beta galactosidase) or to ADH (alcohol dehydrogenase) reporter gene were also not induced in larval MT but showed good induction in the MT of older flies. This unexpected finding raises intriguing issues regarding the nature of MT-specific HSP, their genes and the cell type dependent induction of the two sets of HSP.

    • Author Affiliations


      S. C. Lakhotia1 A. K. Singh1

      1. Cytogenetics Laboratory, Centre for Advanced Studies in Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, India
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  • Journal of Genetics | News

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