The glass gene encodes a zinc-finger protein required by Drosophila photoreceptor cells

Nature. 1989 Aug 17;340(6234):531-6. doi: 10.1038/340531a0.


Null mutations of glass specifically remove photoreceptor cells, leaving other cell types intact. We have isolated the glass gene and have shown that its transcript encodes a putative protein of 604 amino acids with five zinc-fingers. The glass product may be a transcription factor required for the development of a single neuronal cell type.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA / analysis
  • Drosophila / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Photoreceptor Cells / physiology*


  • DNA

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X15400