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Title: A member of the hsp70 gene family from the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata
Authors: S. Thanaphum
D. S. Haymer
Mahidol University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 1-Feb-1998
Citation: Insect Molecular Biology. Vol.7, No.1 (1998), 63-72
Abstract: A gene from the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) Ceratitis capitata, belonging to the hsp70 family of genes, has been cloned and characterized. This gene appears to be an example of a heat shock cognate (hsc) gene based on a variety of structural and functional criteria. The heat shock cognate germs serve critical roles in chaperoning of cellular proteins, and they are expressed in a more constitutive manner compared to the inducible heat shock genes. We determined the sequence of the entire coding region of this gene (designated Cerhsc1) together with 5' and 3' flanking regions. The coding region exhibits specific structural features that are characteristic of the subclass of heat shock genes producing proteins localized to the cytosol. The 5' regulatory region of Cerhsc1 contains only the minimal array of canonical heat shock element sequences, a phenomenon commonly seen in heat shock cognates. Abundant transcripts are detected from this gene in adult tissue compared to the larval stage. In larval tissue, heat shock appears to produce only a slight increase in the level of transcripts detected. Based on overall structure and function, this Medfly germ appears to be an ortholog of heat shock cognate gene 4 (Drohsc4) of Drosophila melanogaster.
ISSN: 09621075
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