Regulation and function of the Drosophila segmentation gene fushi tarazu

Cell. 1987 Sep 11;50(6):963-74. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(87)90523-x.


The Drosophila segmentation gene fushi tarazu (ftz) is expressed in a pattern of seven stripes at the blastoderm stage. Two cis-acting control elements are required for this expression: the zebra element, which confers the striped pattern by mediating the effects of a subset of segmentation genes; and the upstream element, an enhancer element requiring ftz+ activity for its action. Fusion of the upstream element to a basal promoter results in activation of the heterologous promoter in a ftz-dependent striped pattern, supporting the idea that ftz regulates itself by acting through its enhancer. The upstream element can also confer expression patterns similar to that of the homeotic gene Antennapedia, suggesting that a similar element may play a role in the activation of Antennapedia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila melanogaster / embryology
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Enhancer Elements, Genetic
  • Feedback
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Genes, Homeobox*
  • Larva / ultrastructure
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism


  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins