Some Behavioral Features of Drosophila melanogasterStrains Carrying a flamencoGene Mutation

Some Behavioral Features of Drosophila melanogasterStrains Carrying a flamencoGene Mutation Olfactory sensitivity and locomotor activity was assayed in Drosophila melanogasterstrains carrying a mutation of the flamencogene, which controls transposition of retrotransposon gypsy. A change in olfactory sensitivity was detected. The reaction to the odor of acetic acid was inverted in flies of the mutator strain (MS), which carried the flammutation and active gypsycopies and were characterized by genetic instability. Flies of the genetically unstable strains displayed a lower locomotor activity. The behavioral changes in MS flies can be explained by the pleiotropic effect of the flammutation or by insertion mutations which arise in behavior genes as a result of genome destabilization by gypsy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Genetics Springer Journals

Some Behavioral Features of Drosophila melanogasterStrains Carrying a flamencoGene Mutation

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2001 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Subject
Biomedicine; Human Genetics
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1022-7954
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1608-3369
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1012505024902
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Abstract

Olfactory sensitivity and locomotor activity was assayed in Drosophila melanogasterstrains carrying a mutation of the flamencogene, which controls transposition of retrotransposon gypsy. A change in olfactory sensitivity was detected. The reaction to the odor of acetic acid was inverted in flies of the mutator strain (MS), which carried the flammutation and active gypsycopies and were characterized by genetic instability. Flies of the genetically unstable strains displayed a lower locomotor activity. The behavioral changes in MS flies can be explained by the pleiotropic effect of the flammutation or by insertion mutations which arise in behavior genes as a result of genome destabilization by gypsy.

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Russian Journal of GeneticsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 16, 2004

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