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A Regulatory Code For Neurogenic Gene Expression In The Drosophila Embryo, Michele Markstein, Robert Zinzen, Peter Markstein, Ka Ping Yee, Albert Erives, Angela Stathopoulos, Michael Levine May 2004

A Regulatory Code For Neurogenic Gene Expression In The Drosophila Embryo, Michele Markstein, Robert Zinzen, Peter Markstein, Ka Ping Yee, Albert Erives, Angela Stathopoulos, Michael Levine

Michele Markstein

Bioinformatics methods have identified enhancers that mediate restricted expression in the Drosophila embryo. However, only a small fraction of the predicted enhancers actually work when tested in vivo. In the present study, co-regulated neurogenic enhancers that are activated by intermediate levels of the Dorsal regulatory gradient are shown to contain several shared sequence motifs. These motifs permitted the identification of new neurogenic enhancers with high precision: five out of seven predicted enhancers direct restricted expression within ventral regions of the neurogenic ectoderm. Mutations in some of the shared motifs disrupt enhancer function, and evidence is presented that the Twist and ...