Further evidence of thermostability variation within electrophoretic mobility classes of enzymes

Biochem Genet. 1976 Apr;14(3-4):383-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00484776.


Two Drosophila melanogaster strains, each heterozygous for "fast" and "slow" alleles at the Adh locus, and each having balanced second chromosomes, were found to differ in the apparent thermostability of the slow allozyme. The two strains were crossed, and f, heterozygotes were separated on the basis of the origin of the slow allele. After electrophoresis, the cellulose acetate strips were treated 1 1/2 min at 35 C. The putatively more sensitive allozyme showed a strikingly greater response to heat. These findings further support the conclusion that electrophoretically cryptic allelic differences exist which are expressed in thermostability differences. Further application of this approach has revealed one similar sensitive slow allozyme and three cases of a relatively resistant fast ADH allozyme in wild-caught flies.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Chromosomes / metabolism
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Drosophila melanogaster / enzymology
  • Drug Stability
  • Electrophoresis, Cellulose Acetate
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Heterozygote*
  • Male
  • Temperature


  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases