Extent of polytene in the pericentric heterochromatin of polytene chromosomes of pseudonurse cells of otu (ovarian tumor) mutants of Drosophila melanogaster

Mol Gen Genet. 1993 Aug;240(2):273-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00277066.


In the polytene nuclei of germ-line cells (ovarian pseudonurse cells) of Drosophila melanogaster females mutant for otu11 (ovarian tumor), the pericentric heterochromatin is much more abundant than in somatic salivary gland cells. This is due to the degree of heterochromatin compaction (and consequently the level of underreplication) being lower in the nurse cells than in the salivary gland cells. The lower level of compaction probably results in a very low degree of position effect gene inactivation in the ovarian nurse cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Banding
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Heterochromatin / metabolism*
  • Mutation*
  • Ovary / cytology
  • Ovary / ultrastructure*


  • Heterochromatin