TITLE

Drosophila intersex orthologue in the silkworm, Bombyx mori and related species

AUTHOR(S)
Arunkumar, K.; Nagaraju, J.
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Genetica;Jan2011, Vol. 139 Issue 1, p141
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Intersex ( ix), a gene required for female sexual development in Drosophila, acts in concert with doublesex (dsx) at the end of the sex determination pathway. In the present study a homologue of ix was identified in Bombyx mori. Expression analysis of this gene by RT-PCR and RNase protection assay revealed a diagnostic alternative splice form present only in testis, whereas the most common splice form was found to express in all other tissues from early embryonic developmental stages. The present study provides evidence for the presence of an alternative splice form of ix in three species of silkmoths examined. Taken together with the results of an earlier study on ix in piralid moth, Maruca vitrata (Cavaliere et al. ), the present study suggests that the testis-specific splice form may be a characteristic feature of lepidopterans. Though ix lacks a conserved splicing pattern it appears to have retained its functional conservation in terminal sexual differentiation. We speculate that the presence of an additional splice form, perhaps encoding non-functional protein only in testis, may prevent the feminizing effects exerted by the functional IX protein.
ACCESSION #
57639745

 

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