Analysis of Drosophila proboscipedia mutant alleles

Genome. 2004 Jun;47(3):600-9. doi: 10.1139/g03-133.


Proboscipedia (PB) is a HOX protein required for adult maxillary palp and proboscis formation. To identify domains of PB important for function, 21 pb point mutant alleles were sequenced. Twelve pb alleles had DNA sequence changes that encode an altered PB protein product. The DNA sequence changes of these 12 alleles fell into 2 categories: missense alleles that effect the PB homeodomain (HD), and nonsense or frameshift alleles that result in C-terminal truncations of the PB protein. The phenotypic analysis of the pb homeobox missense alleles suggests that the PB HD is required for maxillary palp and proboscis development and pb - Sex combs reduced (Scr) genetic interaction. The phenotypic analysis of the pb nonsense or frameshift alleles suggests that the C-terminus is an important region required for maxillary palp and proboscis development and pb-Scr genetic interaction. PB and SCR do not interact directly with one another in a co-immunoprecipitation assay and in a yeast two-hybrid analysis, which suggests the pb-Scr genetic interaction is not mediated by a direct interaction between PB and SCR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Primers
  • Drosophila / genetics*
  • Drosophila Proteins / genetics*
  • Homeodomain Proteins / genetics*
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Models, Molecular
  • Mutation, Missense*
  • Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques


  • DNA Primers
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • pb protein, Drosophila