Cooperative enhancement at the Drosophila Sgs-3 locus

Roark, Margaret ; Vijay Raghavan, K. ; Todo, Takeshi ; Mayeda, Carol A. ; Meyerowitz, Elliot M. (1990) Cooperative enhancement at the Drosophila Sgs-3 locus Developmental Biology, 139 (1). pp. 121-133. ISSN 0012-1606

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The Drosophila glue gene Sgs-3 is specifically expressed in the secretory cells of the salivary glands of third instar larvae. We have assayed the expression of gene fusions to determine the role of cis-acting Sgs-3 sequences in conferring this pattern of expression. These experiments define two regulatory regions required for expression of reporter genes from the Sgs-3 promoter. One region, between 106 and 56 bp upstream of the Sgs-3 mRNA 5' end is sufficient for low but correct tissue- and stage-specific expression. A second region, lying between 629 and 130 bp 5' of the RNA start site is functionally equivalent; that is, it alone will also direct low level, specific expression. These two regions act synergistically to give high level expression. More distant upstream regions function to further increase levels of expression. These two regulatory elements can confer a salivary gland-specific pattern of expression on a heterologous promoter and are also sufficient to drive gene expression in other Drosophila species, implying conservation of regulators.

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