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|Title:||A Functional Investigation of the DIP1 Gene in Drosophila Melanogaster|
|Keywords:||drosophilia melanogaster;DIP1 Gene|
|Abstract:||Reported here is the isolation and molecular characterization of two novel alleles of the DIP 1 gene; GE89 and GE77. As well, a third deletion of the DIP 1 gene, EY*4, isolated by our collaborators in France was characterized. PCR and sequencing analysis confirms all three alleles to be molecular deletions of the DIP 1 gene. However, in none of these cases is the entire gene excised. Also, immunohistochemistry of ovaries from each of these strains does not demonstrate a complete lack of DIPl protein expression in any of the deletion strains. Thus, it appears that some protein product is being formed in each case. However, it is not clear whether this protein is functional. An assay was also conducted to investigate a function for DIPl in mechanisms of epigenetic gene silencing. Although the findings of these experiments are incomplete, it appears that DIPl may play a functional role in heterochromatin formation and/or post-transcriptional gene silencing. Interestingly, appendage formation phenotypes were observed in the original P-element insertion line as well as a female sterility phenotype in the GE77 allele. Overall, DIP 1 is an interesting double stranded RNA binding protein. Newly isolated alleles of the DIP 1 gene will be useful tools for further investigation of the functional role of this gene.|
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