Enhanced mate refusal in female Drosophila induced by a mutation in the spinster locus

Keiko Suzuki, Naoto Juni, Daisuke Yamamoto

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    Abstract

    By screening Drosophila melanogaster strains harboring single P-element insertions for aberrant mating behavior, we isolated a mutant named spinster (spinpl), in which the females had subnormal receptivity to copulation. The spinpl females continuously display rejection behaviors typical of immature virgins such as decamping, kicking, and fending in response to courting males. Excision of the P-element inserted at 52E in the spinpl mutant resulted in phenotypic reversion to wild-type, indicating that the spin locus at 52E is responsible for altered receptivity in the mutant females.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235-243
    Number of pages9
    JournalApplied Entomology and Zoology
    Volume32
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997 Feb

    Keywords

    • D. Melanogaster
    • Insertional mutagenesis
    • Mating behavior
    • P-element
    • Receptivity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Insect Science

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