Gene-Enzyme Systems in Drosophila

  • William J. Dickinson
  • David T. Sullivan

Part of the Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation book series (RESULTS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 1-31
  3. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 32-48
  4. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 49-69
  5. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 70-96
  6. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 97-106
  7. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 107-113
  8. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 114-129
  9. William J. Dickinson, David T. Sullivan
    Pages 130-145
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 146-166

About this book


There was a period in the history of modern biology when proteins were thought to be "gene products" in a rather direct sense. An account of their appearance and disappearance in the course of development and differentiation thus seemed an appropriate means of describing "gene regulation". When RNA was found to be the immediate product of genetic activity, the study of proteins as gene products lost some of its original attraction. Indeed, the development of the powerful method of nucleic acid hybridization aroused the hope that a large array of specific messenger-RNA molecules synthesized during cell differentiation could be individually assayed. The difficulties in the way of such ambitious projects were described in Volume 3 of this series: Nucleic Acid Hybridization in the Study of Cell Differentiation (ed. H. URSPRUNG, 1972). Enzymes are in large measure responsible for cell function. Clearly, their synthesis must be under genetic control. We are convinced that the study of enzyme behavior during development merits much attention, particularly if the work is carried out on a eukaryote that lends itself to genetic and developmental analysis. An impressive amount of genetic information is available on the insect Drosophila, and much has been learnt about its development. The giant chromosomes present in several tissues of this insect might well be useful in a continuing analysis of the appearance of specific enzymes and the transcription of the cognate genetic loci.


Drosophila Enzym Enzyme Molekulargenetik Sullivan Zelldifferenzierung proteins regulation

Authors and affiliations

  • William J. Dickinson
    • 1
  • David T. Sullivan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-21942-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-37283-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0080-1844
  • Series Online ISSN 1861-0412
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