Immunoblot analyses have been performed on extracts prepared from Drosophila melanogaster. Those analyses have revealed two subunit forms of enzyme glycerol 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) in larval tissues and in adult abdominal tissues. Thoracic tissue, which accounts for the bulk of the adult GPDH, has only one subunit form, the smaller. The two subunit forms differ by approximately 2400 daltons. In agreement with previous genetic and biochemical data indicating that this enzyme is encoded by a single structural gene, analyses of extracts prepared from a strain carrying a GPDH null mutation detect no GPDH polypeptides in larvae or adults. Similarly, analyses of extracts prepared from a strain carrying a mutation which produces a GPDH polypeptide that differs in size from wild-type reveal a change in the adult thoracic GPDH polypeptide as well as a change in both GPDH polypeptides found in larvae. Total Drosophila RNA prepared from larvae or newly eclosed adults has been translated in a mRNA-dependent cell-free system. GDPH was immunoprecipitated from the translation products and analyzed. Two subunit forms of GPDH were immunoprecipitated from translation products whose synthesis was directed by larval RNA and only one was detected in the polypeptides synthesized from adult RNA. The GPDH polypeptides synthesized in vitro are approximately the same size as the corresponding polypeptides found in vivo. The relative proportion of total GPDH represented by each subunit form synthesized in vitro is similar to those found in vivo. These subunit forms of GPDH appear to arise from distinct mRNAs encoded by the single Gpdh gene.
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Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)
The EMBO Journal 4N9 (1985) 2275-2280
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