The abdominal region of the bithorax complex

Cell. 1985 Nov;43(1):81-96. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(85)90014-5.


The homeotic mutations in the right half of the bithorax complex of Drosophila cause segmental transformations in the second through the eighth segments of the fly. A chromosomal walk in the bithorax complex has now been extended 215 kb through the right half of the complex, and lesions for over 40 mutations have been located on the DNA map. The mutations can be grouped in a series of phenotypic classes, one for each abdominal segment, although each mutation typically affects more than one segment. The mutant lesions of each class are clustered, and they are aligned on the chromosome in the order of the body segments that they affect. Complementation tests suggest interactions between widely spaced DNA regions; indeed, the right half cannot be split anywhere without some loss of function.

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

  • Abdomen / embryology
  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / analysis
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA, Recombinant
  • Drosophila melanogaster / analysis
  • Drosophila melanogaster / embryology
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genes*
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Genes, Regulator
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Male
  • Morphogenesis*
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid


  • DNA, Recombinant
  • DNA