Drosophila melanogaster P transposable elements: mechanisms of transposition and regulation

Genetica. 2004 Jun;121(2):107-18. doi: 10.1023/b:gene.0000040382.48039.a2.


The molecular mechanisms that control P element transposition and determine its tissue specificity remain incompletely understood, although much information has been compiled about this element in the last decade. This review summarizes the currently available information about P element transposition, P-M hybrid dysgenesis and P cytotype features, P element-encoded repressors, and regulation of transposition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics*
  • Drosophila Proteins / genetics*
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Genotype
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics*
  • Organ Specificity / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics*
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Transposases / genetics*


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • PSI protein, Drosophila
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Transposases