Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 249, Issue 5, pp 545–556

Characterization of an EcR/USP heterodimer target site that mediates ecdysone responsiveness of the Drosophila Lsp-2 gene

  • Christophe Antoniewski
  • Michael S. O'Grady
  • Ronda G. Edmondson
  • Suzanne M. Lassieur
  • Helen Beneš
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF00290580

Cite this article as:
Antoniewski, C., O'Grady, M.S., Edmondson, R.G. et al. Molec. Gen. Genet. (1995) 249: 545. doi:10.1007/BF00290580

Abstract

The Larval serum protein-2 gene (Lsp-2) of Drosophila melanogaster is uniquely expressed in the fat body tissue from the beginning of the third instar to the end of adult life. Accumulation of the larval Lsp-2 transcript is enhanced by 20-hydroxyecdysone. To study the molecular basis for ecdysone regulated Lsp-2 activity, deletion mutants of the Lsp-2 5′-flanking region were constructed by fusion to either the Escherichia coli chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene or to an hsp70-lacZ hybrid gene encoding β-galactosidase. Constructs transfected into Drosophila S2/M3 cells were shown to confer transient ecdysone inducibility on the reporter genes. A single functional ecdysone response element (EIRE) was localized at position — 75 relative to the Lsp-2 transcription initiation site. In gel mobility shift assays using fat body nuclear extracts or nuclear receptors synthesized in vitro, a 27-bp sequence harboring the EcRE bound both the Drosophila ecdysone receptor and the Drosophila retinoid-X homologue, Ultraspiracle, in a cooperative manner. Competition experiments indicate that the affinity of the Lsp-2 EcRE for the ecdysone receptor complex is comparable to that of the canonical EcRE of the hsp27 gene and is at least 4-fold greater than that of Fbp1, another fat body-specific Drosophila gene. Our results suggest that structural features of this EcRE determine its ability to induce ecdysone responsiveness at a lower ligand concentration and may form the basis for differential hormone responsiveness within the fat body.

Key words

Drosophila melanogaster Larval serum protein-2 gene Ecdysone response element Ecdysone receptor USP/Drosophila retinoid-X receptor 

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© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe Antoniewski
    • 1
  • Michael S. O'Grady
    • 3
  • Ronda G. Edmondson
    • 3
  • Suzanne M. Lassieur
    • 3
  • Helen Beneš
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut Jacques MonodCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université de ParisParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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