Deletions encompassing the manganese superoxide dismutase gene in the Drosophila melanogaster genome

Amy Belton, Anirban Paul, Atanu Duttaroy

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Two deletions, Df(2R)Sod2-11 and Df(2R)Sod2-332, are recovered that encompass the manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) gene or a null mutant referred to as SOD2n283 in Drosophila. Molecular analysis has revealed that the Df(2R)Sod2-332 deletion completely uncovered both MnSOD and its adjacent gene, Arp53D, whereas Df(2R)Sod2-11 was missing the promoter region of MnSOD gene. As a consequence of reduced MnSOD expression, these deletion heterozygotes are now sensitive to oxidative stress. Complementation analysis with some recently recovered deletions in the 53C/D region has established that other essential loci exist in this interval, and second, that Arp53D function is not essential for the survival of the organism. These deletions will be instrumental in the recovery of missense substitutions in the MnSOD peptide and their influence on oxidative stress resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-751
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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