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The male-specific lethal-one (msl-1) gene of Drosophila...

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The male-specific lethal-one (msl-1) gene of Drosophila melanogaster encodes a novel protein that associates with the X chromosome in males.

male-specific lethal-one (msl-1) is one of four genes that are required for dosage compensation in Drosophila males. To determine the molecular basis of msl-1 regulation of dosage compensation, we have cloned the gene and characterized its products. The predicted msl-1 protein (MSL-1) has no significant similarity to proteins in the current data bases but contains an acidic N terminus characteristic of proteins involved in transcription and chromatin modeling. We present evidence that the msl-1 protein is associated with hundreds of sites along the length of the X chromosome in male, but not in female, nuclei. Our findings support the hypothesis that msl-1 plays a direct role in increasing the level of X-linked gene transcription in male nuclei.

Journal Title: Genetics.
Journal Volume/Issue: June 1993. v. 134 (2)
Main Author: Palmer, M.J.
Other Authors: Mergner, V.A., Richman, R., Manning, J.E., Kuroda, M.I., Lucchesi, J.C.
Format: Article
Language: English
Subjects: Drosophila melanogaster
structural genes
DNA-binding proteins
X chromosome
sex linkage
complementary DNA
nucleotide sequences
amino acid sequences
transcription (genetics)
binding sites
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