agr-Amanitin Tolerance in Mycophagous Drosophila.
Six species of Drosophila were tested for tolerance to the mushroom toxin alpha-amanitin, a potent inhibitor of RNA polymerase II. Three nonmycophagous species-D. melanogaster, D. immigrans, and D. pseudoobscura-showed very low survival and long development times in the presence of amanitin. Three mycophagous species-D. putrida, D. recens, and D. tripunctata-showed little or no sensitivity. Analysis in vitro indicated that this tolerance is not based on alteration of the molecular structure of RNA polymerase II.
Jaenike, J; Grimaldi, DA; Sluder, AE; Greenleaf, AL
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