Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 27, Issue 5–6, pp 263–277 | Cite as

Rapid enzyme kinetic assays of individualDrosophila and comparisons of field-caughtD. melanogaster andD. simulans

  • Andrew G. Clark
  • Lisa E. Keith


Techniques for performing numerous enzyme kinetic assays with minimum time and effort would be valuable to studies of the evolutionary genetics of metabolic control and the quantitative genetics of determinants of kinetic parameters. Microtiter plate readers have been used for a variety of repetitious analytical techniques, and instruments are available that can take repetitive readings with sufficient speed to perform kinetic assays. The ability of these instruments to assay rapidly the kinetic properties of small samples makes them potentially useful for a number of problems in population genetics. While the ability to handle large numbers of samples is very attractive, the small sample volumes and optical imprecision of microtiter plates result in some sacrifice in accuracy. This paper presents methods for performing kinetic assays on individual field-caughtDrosophila, quantifies the precision of these methods, and characterizes differences amongDrosophila melanogaster andD. simulans from samples caught in California and Pennsylvania. Comparisons between field-caught and laboratory rearedD. melanogaster show that most of the characters are very similar, with the exception of αGPDH, which has a threefold higher mean activity among field-caught flies. The phenotypic correlations are presented with a brief discussion of their relevance to assessing the evolution of metabolic control of these enzymes.

Key words

Drosophila kinetic plate reader enzyme polymorphism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. Clark
    • 1
  • Lisa E. Keith
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Genetics ProgramPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park
  2. 2.Division of Biological SciencesState University of New YorkStony Brook

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