Worm Breeder's Gazette 13(5): 42 (February 1, 1995)
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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, LA 71130-3932 At the last worm meeting, we reported that the pag-3(ls20) allele causes ectopic mec-7lacZ fusion gene expression in the BDU neurons. (Thank you Joe Culotti and Michel Hamelin for mec-7lacZ.) The touch neurons express mec-7 and the BDUs are lineal sisters of the ALM touch neurons. The pag-3(ls20) mutation has two other phenotypes: a reverse kinker Unc phenotype and variable axonal guidance defects in the touch neuron and BDU axons. The BDU neurons in a pag-3(ls20) mutant also express the endogenous mec-7 gene at roughly the same level as the touch neurons, which we detected with an anti-MEC-7 antibody (thank you Marty Chalfie and Cathy Savage). The BDU neurons of a pag-3(ls20) mutant did not appear to express mec-3lacZ but strongly expressed a mec-4lacZ fusion gene (thank you Monica Driscoll). We hope to clone pag-3 by transformation rescue. Based on deficiency mapping and three factor crosses, pag-3 is located on the right arm of the X-chromosome between unc-3 and unc-7 (figure). YAC Y37H4 rescued both the Unc and misexpression phenotypes but all of the cosmids shown failed to rescue pag-3(ls20) mutants. We are currently subcloning pag-3 from Y37H4 by making nested deletions and by making a phage library from the YAC.