Analysis of Drosophila yellow-B cDNA reveals a new family of proteins related to the Royal Jelly proteins in the honeybee and to an orphan protein in an unusual bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans

R Maleszka, R Kucharski

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The yellow locus in Drosophila is involved in both cuticle development and behaviour. However, the function of the encoded protein is unknown. Here we have characterised the sequence and expression pattern of a new Drosophila gene, designated yellow-B, encoding a 453-amino-acid protein that is 57% identical to Yellow. High levels of yellow-B mRNA are present in the larval–pupal stages, but the gene is also expressed in the head. Bioinformatics analysis indicates that the Drosophila genome encodes at least 7 members of the Yellow family distributed among chromosomes 2, 3, and X. The Yellow proteins are related to the Royal Jelly proteins and have no relatives in other non-insect metazoan species. Interestingly, a Yellowlike protein is encoded by the genome of a radiation tolerant bacterium, Deinococcus radiodurans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-776
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes

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