Germ line specific expression of a protein phosphatase Y interacting protein (PPYR1) in Drosophila

Endre Kókai, Milán Szuperák, Luke Alphey, János Gausz, Géza Ádám, Viktor Dombrádi

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PPYR1, the product of the CG15031 gene, was identified as a protein phosphatase Y (PPY) interacting protein in Drosophila melanogaster using a yeast two-hybrid screen. PPYR1 displays a biphasic expression pattern: the maternal protein is abundant in the developing egg chambers and in the early embryos, while the zygotic protein appears later in development and is localized specifically in the testes of the males. The maternal and zygotic gene products differ from each other in their size having apparent molecular masses of 47 and 66 kDa, respectively. The maternal PPYR1 is localized in the cytoplasm of the follicular and nurse cells and is deposited as a ribonucleoprotein complex in the oocyte. In the early embryos, the PPYR1 is distributed evenly, and it gradually diminishes during embryonic development. Zygotic PPYR1 is expressed exclusively in the testes, predominantly in the cytoplasm of the spermatocytes. PPY is localized in the nuclei of the same cells. Our results suggest that PPYR1 has two distinct developmental isoforms: a maternal protein the expression of which is independent of PPY and a zygotic protein which is co-expressed with PPY.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-729
Number of pages6
JournalGene Expression Patterns
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006



  • CG15031
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Oocyte
  • Protein phosphatase Y interacting protein
  • Spermatocyte
  • Subcellular localization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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