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A genetic and biochemical study of a temperature-sensitive vermilion mutation in Drosophila melanogaster Camfield, Robert Graeme 1974

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• A GENETIC AND BIOCHEMICAL STUDY OF A TEMPERATURE-SENSITIVE VERMILION MUTATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER by ROBERT GRAEME CAMFIELD B.Sc.(Honours), Monash University, 1968 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in Genetics in the Department of Zoology We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVER'SITY^ BRITISH COLUMBIA September 1974 I n p r e s e n t i n g t h i s t h e s i s in p a r t i a l f u l f i l m e n t o f the r equ i r ement s f o r an advanced degree at the U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h Co lumbia , I a g ree that the L i b r a r y s h a l l make i t f r e e l y a v a i l a b l e f o r r e fe rence and s t u d y . I f u r t h e r agree t h a t p e r m i s s i o n f o r e x t e n s i v e c o p y i n g o f t h i s t h e s i s f o r s c h o l a r l y p u r p o s e s may be g r a n t e d by the Head o f my Department o r by h i s r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s . I t i s u n d e r s t o o d that c o p y i n g o r p u b l i c a t i o n o f t h i s t h e s i s f o r f i n a n c i a l g a i n s h a l l not be a l l owed w i t hou t my w r i t t e n p e r m i s s i o n . Department o f The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h Columbia Vancouver 8, Canada ABSTRACT The sex-linked vermilion (v) locus is probably the structural gene for the enzyme tryptophan pyrrolase. Muta-tions at the locus invariably are recessive and result in a bright-red eye colour phenotype accompanied by a loss of tryptophan pyrrolase activity. Extensive genetic, biochemical and developmental studies of v mutations have shown that the gene is a relatively small cistron controlling the catalytic activity of tryptophan pyrrolase which gives rise to kynure-nine, a brown eye pigment precursor, in the larval fat body during a defined developmental period. Alleles of the locus can be broadly grouped into two classes: 1) spontaneous v mutations, the majority of which are suppressible by mutation at the non-allelic suppressor of sable fsu( s) "| locus, 2) in-duced v mutations which are all unsuppressible by su(s) alleles. Alleles of both classes behave nonautonomously during development and all map within the definable limits of the v cistron. This investigation was initiated to recover conditional (temperature-sensitive) v alleles which could be used to study further the regulation of the activity of the v gene during development, and to extend our knowledge of the genetic funct-ioning of the locus. A temperature-sensitive (ts) allele of a known structural gene, affecting the catalytic activity of an assayable enzyme, could also enable a determination of the factors responsible for temperature-sensitivity in Drosophila in terms of changes in the gene product. The temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of a ts mutant in Drosophila is defined as that period during development when exposure to the restrict-ive temperature commits the organism to a mutant phenotype. With a ts v allele, a correlation can be made between the TSP determined phenotypically and the variation in tryptophan pyrrolase activity during development, and thus contribute to a molecular understanding of the TSP. This study has consisted mainly of the following approachest 1) mutagenesis and genetic screening to recover ts v alleles, 2) an examination of the phenogenetics of one ts v allele, including fine structure mapping, complementation properties, nonautonomous expression in gynandromorphs, and suppressibility, and a compar-ison of these properties with those exhibited by some non-ts v mutations, 3) a biochemical analysis of the effect of a ts v mutation on the properties of tryptophan pyrrolase, a deter-mination of the TSP of a ts v allele based on the eye phenotype. tsl ts2 Both ts v alleles, v and v , recovered in this investi-t s gation cause a vermilion phenotype if v flies are raised at the restrictive temperature (29°C), whereas v^s flies raised at the permissive temperature (17° or 22°C) have almost normal eye colour. The activity of tryptophan pyrrolase, extracted from v"fcsl flies raised at 29°G and 22°C respectively, parallels the temperature-dependent phenotypic properties; enzyme activity is markedly reduced in flies raised at 29°C but is al-most normal in flies raised at the permissive temperature, t si The v mutation behaves like non-ts,induced v alleles at 29°C in its complementation, suppressibility and nonautonomy. Thus, it fails-ito complement any other v point mutant, is un-p suppressible by su(s) and is developmentally nonautonomous when present with v* tissue in gynandromorphs raised at 29°C. tsi Since the v allele is viable when heterozygous with deletions removing the v locus and maps within the v cistron as a point, it is assumed to be a point mutation in the v structural gene. t si Furthermore, the tryptophan pyrrolase controlled by the v mutant has different in vitro kinetic and temperature-dependent +• CM *1 /"\ properties when v flies are raised at 29 C compared to either t si wild type or tryptophan pyrrolase extracted from v flies raised at 22°C. t si T h e v mutant demonstrates different phenotypic and enzyme properties between males and females raised at 29°C; hemizygous males are more mutant in phenotype and have lower tryptophan pyrrolase activity than their homozygous sibs. This result apparently is the reverse of the dosage compensation nor-mally demonstrated by wild type tryptophan pyrrolase in which males with one dose of the v^ gene have at least the enzyme act-ivity obtained from females with two doses of the v^ gene. How-ever, the TSP for the v^* mutant is the same for males and fem-ales and falls between the early third instar larva and early pupa stages of development. This period corresponds to the maximum pre-adult activity of tryptophan pyrrolase and also correlates with the formation of kynurenine in the cells of the fat bffidy. These results are discussed in relation to a molecular model explaining the genetic and molecular functioning of the v locus during development. The results are consistent with t s the hypothesis that v and nonconditional v mutations affect different aspects of active tryptophan pyrrolase structure rather than regulation of the rate of synthesis of the enzyme. Thus, suppressible v mutations affect allosteric or regulatory sites of the enzyme which interact with metabolic and develop-mental cofactors, whereas the nonconditional, unsuppressible, induced v mutations probably affect the catalytic sites of t si tryptophan pyrrolase. The ts v mutation, v , has genetic and biochemical properties which are compatible with an effect on the aggregation of enzyme subunits due to conformational changes during enzyme synthesis at the restrictive temperature. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to thank Dr. David Suzuki for his support and encouragement during the course of this investigation. While allowing me freedom to proceed as I pleased, he was always able to make pertinent suggestions. I also am grate-ful to Dr. George Lefevre who generously provided me with some of the mutant strains used in this project. • « Vll TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT ii ACKNOWLEDGMENT vi LIST OF TABLES ix LIST OF FIGURES xi REVIEW 1 INTRODUCTION 26 MATERIALS AND METHODS 36 I. Induction of v mutations, 36 II. Procedures for temperature-shift experiments. III. Tryptophan pyrrolase assays. RESULTS A. INDUCTION OF v AND v ^ MUTATIONS 58 B. PHENOGENETICS OF THE v t s l MUTATION 66 tsl I. Complementation properties of selected v combinations. 68 *•* o1 o II. Suppressibility of v by the su(s) mutation. 75 tsl III. Studies on the nonautonomous expression of v . 78 ' IV. Mapping of v t s l. 90 V. Temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of v . 97 C. ASSAYS OF TRYPTOPHAN PYRROLASE 104 I. Spectrophotometrically determined standards of kynurenine and protein. 104 II. Reaction kinetics of tryptophan pyrrolase. 107 III. Comparison of TP activities in various strains of Drosophila melanogaster. 150 DISCUSSION 160 I. Induction and recovery of v mutations. 160 II. Phenogenetics of v t s and v mutations. 164 III. Biochemical analysis of v t s l. 176 LITERATURE CITED 215 LIST OF TABLES TABLE PAGE 1. Map position, origin and suppressibility of some v alleles. 23 t s 2. Results of screening for _v and v mutations "by two different methods. 59 3. Eye phenotypes of males and females carrying v alleles at 22° and 29°C. 63 Visually estimated eye pigmentation of different v alleles at several temperatures. 67 tsl 5. Phenotypes of females heterozygous for v and other v alleles at different temperatures. 70 6. Eye phenotypes of females heterozygous for different combinations of Df(l)v, v and v at different temperatures. 72 7. Genotypes of progeny resulting from a testcross of ras2 v t s l m /+ v^ + females at 29°C. 94 8. Genotypes of progeny resulting from a testcross of ras2 v t s l m /+ v 3 6 f + females at 29°C. 98 2 tsl 9. Eye phenotypes of ras v adults in cultures shifted from 22°C to 29°C at successive intervals. 101 2 tsl 10. Eye phenotypes of ras v adults in cultures shifted from 29°C to 22°C at different successive intervals. 103 11. Variation in v^ TP activity as a function of time of incubation. 113 tsl 12. Variation of TP activity from v flies with time of incubation. 114 13. Tryptophan pyrrolase activity at different concentrations of enzyme extract. 119 14. Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on tryptophan pyrrolase activity in v^ extracts. 123 TABLE PAGE 15. Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis of substrate effect on v]!l tryptophan pyrrolase activity. 125 16. Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on tryptophan pyrrolase activity in 22°C -grown v enzyme extracts and Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis. 126 17. Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on tryptophan pyrrolase activity in 29°C - grown tsl v enzyme extracts and Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis. 127 18. Protein contents of v^ TP fractions. 136 19. Purification of v + tryptophan pyrrolase. 137 20. Purification of v^sl (22° and 29°C) tryptophan pyrrolase. 138 21. Effect of temperature of incubation on vf TP activity and Arrhenius plot values. 140 tsl 22. Effect of temperature of incubation on v (22°C) TP activity. 143 tsl 23. Effect of temperature of incubation on y (29°C) TP activity 144 24. TP activities in males and females of Oregon-R wild type strain. 153 tsl 25. TP activities in v males and females raised at 22° and 29°C. 155 26. TP activities in vermilion deficiency heterozygotes. 156 LIST OF FIGURES FIGURE PAGE 1. Genetic map of the vermilion cistron in relation to outside markers and deficiencies of the v locus. 5 2. Protocol for the recovery of temperature-sensitive vermilion mutations. 37 3. Protocol for the recovery of temperature-sensitive vermilion alleles using a deficiency for the locus. 41 4. Shift experiments to delineate the temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of a temperature-sensitive mutation. 44 tsl 5. Removal of lethal from the v chromosome and tsl /• homozygosis of v . 61 6. Crosses to generate and test the effect of su(s) on v t s l. 76 7. Crosses used to generate gynandromorphs of v^ and v t s l. 81 j X A i, 8. An example of a vJ/e v : £ v /0 gynandromorph raised at 29°C. 83 tsl 9. Crosses used to generate gynandromorphs of v and v^. 86 10. An example of a v t/n vZl : Z v!lV0 gynandromorph raised at 22°C. 88 11. Crosses used for recombination tests between v t s l and vl or v 3 6 f. 91 12. Determination of the temperature-sensitive tsl period of v in shift studies. 105 13. Relationship between concentration of kynurenine and optical density (OD) at 560 mu. 108 14. Relationship between concentration of protein and optical density (OD) at 600 mjA. 110 FIGURE PAGE 15. Variation of enzyme activity with time of incubation. 115 16. Tryptophan pyrrolase activity at different concentrations of enzyme extract. 120 17. Tryptophan pyrrolase activity as a function of substrate concentration. 128 18. Lineweaver-Burk regression plots. 130 19. Effect of temperature of incubation on tryptophan pyrrolase activity of v^, v^8* (22°C - raised) and vtsl(29°C - raised) flies. 1^5 20. Arrhenius plots for vtsl(22°C - raised) and vtsl(29°G - raised) TPs. 1^7 21. Model of interactions among tryptophan pyrrolase subunits from various genotypes and consequent enzyme activities. 206 22. Model of interactions among enzyme subunits tsl controlled by v at the permissive and restrictive temperatures and consequent tryptophan pyrrolase activity. 212 REVIEW In recent years much attention has been devoted to the elucidation of the fundamental structure and function of genetic units in eukaryotes (GEORGIEV 1969, 1972; CRICK 1971} JUDD, SHEN AND KAUFMAN 1972} SORSA, GREEN AND BEERMANN 1972? FRISTROM AND YUND 1973). Much of this analysis has been performed in Droso-phila because of the availability of a detailed cytogenetic map of the giant salivary gland chromosomes and the sophisticated genetic contrivances possible in this organism. More recently, these approaches have been joined by a rapidly developing application of biochemical techniques. Central to these studies has been the identification and description of the genetic unit(s) corresponding to the classical complementation unit and what relationship(s) this unit has to the cytologically defined band and interband in the salivary chromosomes. Elegant genetic experiments indicate a one to one relationship between chromomeres (bands) and functional groups (JUDD et al. 1972) thereby suggesting about 5.000 complementation groups in Drosophila. This contrasts with DNA hybridization studies which suggest sufficient unique sequences for approxi-mately 100,000 genes (LAIRD 1971). This disparity in results remains a central issue for resolution. JUDD et al. (1972) have interpreted this excess but relatively unique DNA in each band as comprising cis-dominant regulatory elements which function in such a way that if several different functions were in fact present in each complementation group they would not be recognised by standard complementation tests since a mutation in any one of the regulatory elements would act to shut off the entire array of functional units. An alternative explanation is that a chromomere is a complex unit consisting of interspersed unique and repetitive sequences (TURNER AND LAIRD 1973; WU, HURN AND BONNER 1972). In this model, only one, or at most a few structural genes are translated into functional protein from each chromomere, although the pre-cursor transcript to the functional mRNA is a larger molecule of heterogeneous nuclear RNA representing both the unique and repeated sequences of the DNA in the chromomere (DANEHOLT 1972; WILLIAMSON, DREWENKIEWICZ AND PAUL 1973). However, if unique sequences correspond to structural information and a number of these are interspersed with repetitive sequences in each chromomere, there should be more than one complementation group per chromo-mere. In none of the studies on number of complementation groups per'uhand in Drosophila has this been observed (LIFSCHYTZ AND FALK 1969; HOCHMAN 1971; JUDD et al. 1972). The most direct approach to the twin problems of genetic organization and regulation of structural gene activity in Droso-phila is to select loci whose protein products, preferably enzymes, are amenable to precise assays of activity and relative amount of protein, and to amino acid sequencing. The changes in these parameters directed by mutations in the structural gene and in control elements mapping outside the structural cistron, should then be related to fine structure mapping of these mutations. Such studies are beginning in several laboratories, (SOFERj MULLER-HILL; ASHBURNER, CLARK AND AMBLER with ADH; MacINTYRE with acid phosphatase). Added resolution is gained if the genetic locus is clearly localized cytologically to a band or region of a band in the salivary gland chromosomes and, additionally, the enzyme specified by the locus interacts with developmentally important systems. The vermilion (v, 1-33.0) gene satisfies most of these re-quirements. While no electrophoretic variants of tryptophan pyrrolase (TP) have, as yet, been mapped to the locus, by all other criteria the v gene specifies the structure of this enzyme. Thus, TARTOF (19^9) has shown that in suppressed v^ flies, a TP is synthesized, which is kinetically different to wild type suggesting that mutation in the v locus causes an alteration in TP structure, since the suppressor mutation, su(s), alone does not cause any change in the activity or kinetics of TP. BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) have clearly demonstrated that a linear in-crease in TP activity is a direct function of increase in the dosage of v^ alleles, supporting the contention that each v^ allele codes the information required for a unit of TP activity. Finally, CAMFIELD AND SUZUKI (1973) have recovered two temperature-sensitive v mutations, one of which has been shown to produce changes in the activity and kinetics of TP in in vitro assays. 1. Cytogenetics of the v locus. The v gene has been unambiguously assigned to band 10A1-2 (LEFEVRE I969). In the extensive sample of deletions examined, LEFEVRE found that females heterozygous for different deletions interrupting the integrity of the v locus are, without exception, lethal. In at least one heterozygous combination of deletions there is minimal or no overlap of 10A1-2 deleted material and yet the heterozygous female does not survive although apparently containing one complete copy of the 10A1-2 genetic information Li L2 i n trans configuration (for example, Dfv /Dfv , Figure 1). This implies that contiguous genetic material in cis arrangement is necessary for the essential function performed by 10A1-2, an observation consistent with the interpretation of JUDD et al. con-cerning the functional organization of the typical band. This model would predict an impairment of v^ function even in a hetero-zygote for 2 nonoverlapping deletions of 10A1-2 because of the cis-dominant nature of the control of the functional unit. In spite of extensive searches for lethal point mutations in the v locus, none has been found (LEFEVRE 1967, 1969. 1971? SCHALET 1971? CAMFIELD - unpublished). Furthermore, females heterozygous for any v deletion and any v point mutant are invariably v in phenotype and are devoid of TP activity. Thus, paradoxically, by all cytological criteria, deletions only for the locus of v are lethal, yet every point mutant detected in the region is FIGURE 1 Genetic map of the vermilion cistron in relation to outside markers and deficiencies of the v locus. The maps are not drawn to scale but represent the relationships of the v alleles to each other and the parts of the v locus deleted by the three v deficiencies. DEFICIENCY . BAND IOAI Dfv1 L2 Df v L l D f v L 3 vts l .,36f 65c m 36.1 BAND IOA2 viable despite the complete absence of TP. One solution to this apparent paradox may be the hypothesis of BRITTEN AND DAVIDSON (1969) that certain bands contain control elements which exert regulatory direction over more than one structural gene. There-fore, loss of the structural part of the v locus is not lethal but loss of some or all of the regulatory elements, which might also be present in 10A1-2 but are not manifested by complement-ation or mutational analysis of the v locus, may be lethal because they control the function of a separate but unidentified, indis-pensable locus(i). This loss of necessary function therefore is obvious only when 10A1-2 is deleted. It follows that point muta-tions in this control element would not be seen unless the func-tion of the separate, indispensable locus is identified, although even then it is possible that they would never be detected owing to genetic redundancy, so that a sizable deletion is required before the regulatory function is lost and recognizable. Some support for this explanation is offered by the prelim-inary analysis of the distribution of the v point mutations through the 10A1-2 band. They appear to be clustered in a tight-ly linked group (total map distance about 0.007 map units) in the left hand region of 10A1-2, restricted to a short interval about 0.10 - 0.15 map units from the left edge but nearly 0.5 map units from the right edge of 10A1-2 (LEFEVRE 1971). Thus, representa-tives of the visible v class are not extensively distributed throughout the 10A1-2 band. Moreover, the 3^00 base pair size of v estimated by recombination values (FRISTROM AND YUND 1973) is reasonable judged by the molecular weight of the subunits which probably comprise the active TP enzyme (TARTOF 19691 BAILLIE AND CHVONICK 1971). This is in striking contrast to the conservative estimate of 2 - 2.4 x 10^ base pairs determined cytophotometrically (RUDKIN 19651 LEFEVRE 1971). Thus, most of the DNA in band 10A1-2 does not appear to be concerned with structural information for tryptophan pyrrolase synthesis. LEFEVRE (1971) has also estimated that band 10A1-2 alone is responsible for about 0.60 - 0.65^ of the crossing over in the ras - fw region, yet the v cistron it-self comprises only about 0.007 map units. The regulatory element(s) that appear to be present in at least part of the 10A1-2 band must play some role in controlling the activity of the v^ structural gene as well since lethality has not been separated from an effect on the v locus in any of the dele-tions affecting 10A1-2. Deletions which appear to remove just the LI right hand part of 10A1-2 (Dfv for example), still produce a v phenotype when heterozygous with any v point mutation (Figure 1). Since there is virtually no TP activity in such combinations (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971» CAMFIELD - unpublished), this could be explained by assuming that the deletion chromosome does not contribute any TP product to the flies because regulation of synthesis is lacking, and the chromosome containing the v point mutation codes for a catalytically deficient TPs hence their combination gives rise to no net TP activity. Furthermore, when an insertional translocation involving a small segment of the X chromosome containing the v^ locus (T( 1 ; j _ s insert-ed as a duplication into the centric heterochromatin of the sec-ond chromosome, position effect depression of v^ activity results, and the male duplication segregant exhibits an eye colour pheno-type midway between v^ and v (LEFEVRE 1969). This demonstrates that there is X-chromosomal control of v^ structural gene activ-ity although it does not, of course, define its nature. In summary, the v locus is associated with a particularly large band containing, by any reasonable criterion, a remarkable excess of DNA for which a definite function, other than viability and some control of v^ structural gene activity cannot at present be ascribed. Most of this excess DNA is not delineated by mutation-al change resulting in a v phenotype and yet its deletion results in a v phenotype. No known mutant with a v phenotype is lethal and yet deletion of the band containing the locus is. Hence, this apparently "excess" DNA may be concerned with regulating the function of another indispensable locus, as well as having a cis -dominant regulatory control of v_ structural gene activity. It is also possible that the essential function performed by part of 10A1-2 is associated with structural information of a necessary but unidentified locus. In the discussion to follow, the interactions of v mutations with the su(s) locus and the fine structure mapping of v point mutants will be assessed in detail since these two aspects of v function contribute information which enables a testable molecul-ar model to be advanced to explain the genetic regulation and bio-chemical properties of the v locus. 2. Suppression of v mutations. BRIDGES (1915) originally observed that homozygosity for a mutation at the non-allelic su(s) locus suppressed the mutant pheno-1 type of v_ thereby resulting in a wild type eye colour. GREEN (1952, 1954) systematically tested the suppressibility of 6 spont-aneous and 16 induced v mutations by 4 different su(s) alleles and showed that the only suppressible v alleles are of spontaneous origin, whereas some spontaneous and all induced v alleles are un-suppressible. The allele specificity indicated by the su(s) - v interactions appears to depend entirely upon the v locus since a v allele, if suppressible by one su(s) allele, is suppressible by all other su(s) mutations tested (GREEN 195^; SHAPARD I960; TAR-TOF 1969). This rule holds irrespective of the mode of origin of the su(s) mutation. Spontaneous, X-ray and chemically induced su(s) mutants are available and all of the suppressible v mutants (v ) tested with them show an identical response with respect to the particular amount of restoration of wild type phenotype and TP activity in each vf - su(s) interaction (GREEN 1954; SHAPARD I96O; TARTOF 1969} SCHALET 1971). Following BAGLIONI*S (i960) demonstration that homozygous su(s) muations partially restore TP activity to some v mutants, MARZLUF (1965 a, b) and TARTOF (1969) extended the biochemical analysis of the su(s) - vf, relationship by examining the effects of independently derived su(s) mutations on the kinetic properties of TP produced by different v mutations. MARZLUF (1965,a) showed that suppressed v^ and v^ TP have indistinguishable Kms, pH optima, thermal and inhibition properties, even though su(s) -l + v flies have only about 10-20^ of v_ TP activity. This suggests that mutation of the su(s) locus permits the synthesis of a small amount of normal enzyme by v^. TARTOF (1969) found for 3 different su(s) alleles and 3 different vf mutations that the kinetics of the suppressed vf, TPs were similar to wild type, ex-V cept for v_ (which varied from wild type and the other suppressed vs TPs in its pH optimum and Km). The extent of restoration of TP activity varied among the different vf alleles but for any one was constant with any of the su(s) alleles used. The vf alleles test-ed by TARTOF in this study (v^ , v^ and could be ranked in order of their suppressibility with vk > v1 > . This gradation in suppressibility represents quite marked differences in the 2 k amount of TP activity restored. Thus, su(s) v has about 21% of wild type TP activity, su(s)2 v1. 9% and su(s)2 v 3 6 f, 5%. These differences in the amount of TP activity restored in the various vs alleles with the same su(s) mutation and the different kinetic properties of suppressed v__ TP indicate that the probable mechanism of suppression is post-translationalj that is, a restoration of activity to vf alleles which differentially affect the structure of TP, rather than an increase in the amount of enzyme synthesized. Elegant experiments by JACOBSON and coworkers (1971) and WHITE and his colleagues (1973) have clarified the mechanism by which su(s) mutations suppress vf, alleles. TWARDZIK, GRELL AND JACOBSON (1971) treated a homogenate of adult flies with ribo-nuclease T1 and obtained activation of TP, whereas wild type TP 1 was unaffected by this treatment. The activated v_ TP demonstrated normal, linear kinetics and was inactivated by unfractionated tRNA prepared from wild type flies. By chromatographing wild type tRNA on a reverse-phase column and testing each fraction for its 1 ability to inhibit activated TP from v_,this inhibition was shown to be due to a specific isoacceptor of tyrosyl-tRNA. The major inhibitory fraction contained 3 peaks, 2 of which contained tyrosyl-tRNA as shown by their specific labelled-tyrosine accept-ing ability. Only one of the purified tyrosyl-tRNA peaks inhibit-ed the activated TP of v^ in the in vitro assay system. 1 The key finding linking inhibition of activated v_ TP by an isoaccepting form of tyrosyl-tRNA to mutation at the su(s) locus was that in vivo suppression of v_ by su(s) is accompanied by the disappearance of the isoaccepting form of tyrosyl-tRNA which pro-duces the inhibition of activated TP in vitro. In the su(s)2 mutation there is an absence of this species of tyrosyl-tRNA but a proportional increase in the other major fraction. Genetic identification located the control of this change in tyrosyl-tRNA profile to su(s) and indicated that the biochemical change was affected by a recessive mutation as are su(s)^alleles. JACOBSON et al. therefore suggested that the change in distribution of the two major isoaccepting forms of tyrosyl-tRNA is due to a change in an enzyme controlled by the su(s)* locus which allows the product-i ion of the v_ TP inhibiting fraction of tyrosyl-tRNA by modifying the structure of the primary tyrosyl-tRNA gene product. Thus, the wild type fly can synthesize this modifying enzyme but the homo-zygous su(s)/su(s) cannot. The mechanism of suppression could then involve wild type and vf TP complexing with the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA but, whereas this association is reversible + s in the case of v_ TP, v_ mutations result in an alteration of the enzyme structure such that the associated tyrosyl-tRNA then causes inhibition, possibly by forming an irreversible complex. This in-hibition is removed by digesting the tyrosyl-tRNA with RNase Tl. Similarly, su(s) prevents the formation of the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA and consequently allows the TP of vf[ to function as an enzyme. At present, the reasons why vf alleles vary in the degree to which TPr-activity is restored in the presence of mutation at the su(s) locus can only be speculation without more direct information about how they effectively abolish TP activity. However, since the enzymes synthesized by vf alleles are capable of TP activity under suppressed conditions^sufficient to permit a v^ eye colour in all cases except v3^),and the molecular weight of unsuppressed v^ mutant TP is similar to wild type (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). it is highly probable that they are missense mutants which affect TP in different positions. This would account for the variation in their degree of suppressibility. Moreover, the interactions of the TP enzymes with the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA, possibly reversible with v^ TP but irreversible with vf TP, indicates that this association probably involves regulatory or allosteric mechan-isms. Therefore, vfi mutations probably cause changes in these reg-ulatory sites of the TP enzyme, rather than in indispensable catal-ytic sites such as the active centre. Under in vivo conditions, wild type TP reversibly complexes with the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA but can be dissociated to perform its catalytic function at the appropriate time in develop-ment probably by an su£s)-controlled change in distribution of the forms of tyrosyl-tRNA during development. Changes in the distribu-tion of the two major isoaccepting forms of tyrosyl-tRNA during wild type development have recently been shown by WHITE, HOLDEN, TENER AND SUZUKI (1973). These changes appear to reduce the amount of the TP inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA markedly at about the developmental time at which the catalytic function of wild type TP occurs. The lack of suppressibility of other v alleles (v^ ,) could be due to the possible direct effect of these mutations on the import-ant catalytic sites of the enzyme rather than on the regulatory or allosteric regions which complex with the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA. Therefore, no enzyme activity is recovered from the TP specified by v^ ; alleles whether this tyrosyl-tRNA is present (as in su(s)+) or not (as in su(s)/su(s) ). Clear evidence that su(s)"1" is responsible for the product-ion of the inhibiting form of tyrosyl-tRNA recently has come from the work of WHITE et al. (1973). These workers examined the chroma-tographic elution profiles of labelled tyrosyl-tRNAs (as well as the other 19 amino acid tRNAs) from different developmental stages • 2 1 of v_ and su(s) v flies. They found that the relative proportions of chromatographically distinct forms of the tyrosyl-tRNA from v^ 2 1 and su(s) v are altered in a quantitatively different manner dur-ing the life cycle. The separable forms of tRNAs, not only of tyrosyl-tRNA but also of asparaginyl-, aspartyl- and histidyl-tRNAs, all vary in the same way from wild type in their relative distribu-p tion at different developmental stages of the su(s) strain. Pre-sumably, this is because of the lack of the conversion enzyme specified by su(s)+ which converts one chromatographic form of these tRNAs into another by post-transcriptional modification. The modification results in a change in distribution of homogeneic tRNAs which have the same sequences and are products of the same gene but are chromatographically distinct because of a conversion enzyme - mediated change in a minor nucleoside analogous to Q of E. coli. Of interest to the mechanism of suppression of v^ TP by su(s) are the developmental fluxes in the two major homogeneic forms of tyrosyl-tRNA, During the development of wild type flies from eggs to late third instar larvae, the tyrosyl-tRNA form des-ignated & by WHITE et al. decreases, while the ^  form increases. This form is equivalent to the v^ TP inhibitory tyrosyl-tRNA fraction of TWARDZIK et al. (1971). At a prepupal stage in wild type development, the £ form begins to increase at the expense of the / form. This trend continues until in 2 week-old adults the $ if  2 1 and g forms are approximately equal. In the su(s) v strain, the $ and $ forms are approximately equal in late third instar larvae in contrast to wild type in which a great excess of the tf form over the / form is present at this stage. The period in development from about the middle of the third instar larva to the early pupa appears to be the time during which TP is catalytically active, bas-t si ed on the temperature-sensitive period of the v mutation (CAMFIELD AND SUZUKI 1973)» and the accumulation of kynurenine, the product of the TP catalyzed reaction, in the fat body (RIZKI AND RIZKI 1968). This time therefore correlates well with the period during which there is a preponderance of the ^ form of tyrosyl-tRNA (the form 1 2 1 which binds to and inhibits v_ TP). The su(s) v strain has a greatly reduced proportion of the ^  form, hence inhibition of v^ TP is relieved. Although binding of X tyrosyl-tRNA to v^ TP has yet to be demonstrated, it seems likely that a reversible complex is formed between them at some earlier time in development. Then, + tf preparatory to the catalytic action of v_ TP, the • form is modif-ied to the form by the su(s)* conversion enzyme which enables the complex to be disassociated thereby releasing enzymatically active, free v^ TP. This mechanism implicates the unmodified nucleotide G V p of the V form as the key part of the tyrosyl-tRNA responsible for binding mutant TP and possibly also v]J[ TP, since this nucleotide is the only difference between the and S forms of tyrosyl-tRNA. As WHITE et al. (1973) point out, there must be a mechanism by which v__ TP distinguishes the G X  p nucleotide in the tf tyrosyl-tRNA from the same nucleotide in the ft forms of 5 other i amino acid-tRNAs since these do not inhibit v__ TP. A variety of studies (cf. MARZLUF 1965 a, bj GHOSH AND FORREST 1967} BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 19715 TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1971) have shown that both v + and mutant TP probably have allosteric regulatory sites to which both negative and positive effectors bind. WHITE et al. suggest that the binding of a specific in vivo inhibitor, such as a pteridine or allopurinol, to an allosteric site of mutant TP may enable the specific recognition and interaction of the enzyme with G & p which may be located in the anticodon loop of ^tyrosyl-tRNA. These mechanisms of interaction between mutations at the su(s) locus and vf[ TP do not explain why only some spontaneous v mutants are suppressible, whereas other spontaneous and all induced v mutations tested are not. In fact, the generalization that only spontaneous mutants are suppressible extends, with very few except-ions, to every other locus in Drosophila for which a suppressor of mutations in the locus as well as spontaneous and induced mutations are known. KAUFMAN, TASAKA AND SUZUKI (1973) have noted that of the 85 separate mutations listed by LINDSLEY AND GRELL(1968) as being suppressible, only four are induced and the rest are of spontane-ous origin. At present it is difficult to postulate just what this distinction may imply. However, it does seem obvious that suppress-ible mutants cannot have such a deleterious effect on the activity of the gene product as the unsuppressible mutants have if, as seems clear from the analysis of the su(s)-v relationship, the normal method of suppression in Drosophila involves post-translational metabolic modification which allows a potentially functional gene product to become active. Thus,, unsuppressible mutations might result in a kind of alteration in the gene product that renders it inactive under all metabolic conditions. This inactivity could result from a failure of the gene product to be formed at all such as in deletions or mutations in regulator genes, failure to form a complete gene product as in nonsense mutations, or missense mutation in a part of the product essential to activity. Except that induc-ed mutations result in chromosomal aberrations such as deletions more often than spontaneous ones, there is no a priori basis for expecting induced mutations to be more drastically altered than spontaneous ones, 3. Genetic fine structure of the v cistron. — If, as has been suggested here, the primary difference be-tween v3 a n d yU a l l e l e s i s i n t h e pOSition that is mutated in the enzyme, then since colinearity presumably occurs between a gene and its product in Drosophila, a study of the genetic fine struct-ure of the v cistron should show that vf and v^ occupy different sites in the cistron. A representative sample of v alleles has been subjected to fine structure recombination studies (GREEN 1952, 1954; BARISH AND FOX; 1956; LEFEVRE 1971; SCHALET 1971? CAMFIELD AND SUZUKI 1973) and a coll-ated summary of the map of the locus is presented in Figure 1. As shown in the Figure, at least three sites have been separated by crossing over, with the majority of the mutants localized thus far falling into two distinct sites. The spontaneous, suppressible v muta-1 2 k tions v_, v_ and v_, are located at the left end of the map but have 48 a not been separated from the induced, unsuppressible mutation, v . tsl 6*5c The induced, unsuppressible mutations v and v J map to the right site of the cistron with the spontaneous, suppressible Recombination studies within the v cistron reveal very tight linkage between the alleles. SCHALET (1971) used a system of bal-anced lethals to enrich for crossovers in the v region and found no 1 2 recombinants between v_ and v_ in an estimated sample of 890,000 1 2 progeny of v /v h terozygotes. GREEN (1954) separated the spontan-eous, suppressible v 3 ^ mutation from, v* in an attached-X chromo-some so that he was able to recover and demonstrate the v1 double mutant. The frequency of recombination was reported at about 1/30,000 with vl mapping to the left of v 3 6 f. SCHALET (1971) also separated v 3 6 f from and v^, v36f m a p p i n g t o the right of v2 and v^. BARISH AND POX (1956) localized the X-ray induced, un-suppressible v 4 8 a mutation to the left of v 3 ^ (2 recombinants in approximately 80,000 progeny) but were unable to resolve it with respect to v_ in a sample of 40,000 zygotes. The X-ray induced mutation was inseparable from in an estimated sample of 250,000 zygotes (SCHALET 19?1). Two EMS-induced and unsuppress-E1 ible mutations have been mapped; v has been localized to the right of v^ and to the left of v 3 6 f (SCHALET 1971) and so defines a third 1 2 k site in the cistron situated between v_, v_ and v_ occupying the left hand site and and v ^ c occupying the right hand site. The tsl 1 temperature-sensitive mutation v maps to the right of v_ but was not separated from v 3 6 f (CAMFIELD AND SUZUKI 1973). The sample sizes were sufficiently large in most cases to permit the recovery of crossovers within the v locus. Therefore, the limited number of sites and their extremely close linkage probably are real reflections of the detectable mutable regions within the cistron and their physical distances apart rather than any artifact of selection or limited resolution. By computing average recombination values between the separable v alleles from these studies, the map distance between the left and right sites of the cistron is about 0.007 map units, a distance corresponding to about 2,400 base pairs, which is sufficient to code for a polypeptide about 800 amino acids long. The best estimate of the molecular weight of active TP is about 150,000 daltons (BAILLIE AND CH0VNICK 1971). Hence the active enzyme may consist of more than one polypeptide. Since no complementation at either the genetic or the enzyme activity levels has ever been observed between any two v alleles, a multimer consisting of two, or multiple of two identical polypeptide subunits is the most likely structure of active TP. Therefore, it appears that the v cistron is simple in organization, consisting of just the linear array of nucleo-tides necessary to code for a TP subunit. In this view, all visible v mutations would represent changes in the nucleotide sequence of the structural gene which give rise to equivalent amino acid changes in the TP subunit. It is obvious from a consideration of the map of the locus that the distribution of mutable sites is not continuous through the cistron but that marked clustering of alleles occurs, GREEN and FRISTROM (cf. FRISTROM AND YUND 1973) have interpreted such discontinuous intralocus organization of mutable sites as reflect-ing the presence of spacer DNA between structural cistrons, or the existence of neutral genes, neither of which would normally be rec-ognized by visible mutation. However, this explanation seems unlike-ly for the v cistron since it is incompatible with complementation, deletion and gene product properties. Alternative explanations for the marked clustering of v mutations could be that mutation at only a limited number of positions in the TP protein leads to a visible v phenotype or that some sites in the v cistron are differentially sensitive to mutation. Moreover, a polypeptide unit of about 750 to 800 amino acids in length coded for by a locus consisting of about 2,400 to 3,000 bases would seem to preclude any significant portion of DNA not concerned with structural information for TP. When map position, mode of origin and suppressibility are compared for the various v alleles for which these data are available (TABLE 1) an unambiguous correlation is not obtained. 1 2 k s Thus, v_, v_ and v_ are all v_ and map to the left hand site of the cistron but these alleles are physically separated from the spontaneous, suppressible v 3 ^ which maps in the right hand site identical with the v^ alleles, v t s l and v 6 5 c. The v^ allele, v^8a •CM ,, maps to the left hand site separated from v , another v_ mutation, which occupies the middle site of the cistron. This map distribu-tion of vf. and v^ alleles therefore does not clearly support the suggestion that v£ and v^ represent distinct classes of v mutations because they cause mutation in functionally distinct regions of the TP polypeptide. There does appear to be a general trend for vs mutations to map to the left hand site (three out of four map there) and for v^ mutations to map to any of the three sites (all three sites have at least one Vf representative). In any case, apparent ambiguity of seriation of alleles in a clustered cistron does not exclude the possibility that mutations which are at different sites in the structural gene (such as and ) and therefore cause changes at different sites in the gene product, may in fact be functionally closely related because of folding of the polypeptide chain into active enzyme. Similarly, although vu mutations map at TABLE 1 Map position, origin and suppre ssibility of some v alleles. MUTATION MAP POSITION ORIGIN SUPPRESSIBILITY left site spontaneous + * 2 v left site spontaneous + k V left site spontaneous + v48a left site X-ray -El V middle site EMS -Vtsl right site EMS -v36f right site spontaneous + v65c right site X-ray ? * + allele is suppressible allele is unsuppressible different sites in the structural gene, they still could alter amino acids which are directly involved in the catalytic region of the enzyme. The assumption that vf alleles are structural gene mutations is strongly supported by the evidence that they produce a potenti-ally functional enzyme whose molecular weight is the same as wild type TP. The evidence that also represent structural gene muta-tions is not so convincing. Formally, they could be mutations in a control element which regulates v^ structural gene activity since they completely abolish TP activity and are unsuppressible. With-out a demonstration that mutants form no, or very little, cross reacting material for TP which would clearly distinguish between the possibilities, two indirect lines of evidence argue that they are defects in the v structural genei (i) they fail to complement with any vf mutation. It is highly unlikely that a regulator gene mutation could be trans as well as cis dominant to structural gene mutations; and (ii) they map at all three sites in the v cistron, including sites occupied by structural gene mutations. The model proposed for the genetic organization and regula-tion ofcthe v locus therefore predicts that the visible v mutations so far recovered are all mutations in the structural gene which con-sists of uninterrupted information specifying the structure of TPr, and is located in the left part of the 10A1-2 band. Control elem-ents regulating v^ structural gene activity are„located outside the presently defined limits of the v cistron and are probably present in the apparently excess DNA located to the right of the v cistron "but still within the boundaries of the 10A1-2 band. A direct test of this proposed organization would be to clearly define the visible v mutations to the left of a v deficiency which, on cytological evid-ence, just removes the right hand part of the 10A1-2 band. The nec-essary deletions are available and, since they produce a v phenotype when heterozygous with v point mutations mapping in the left part of 10A1-2, might therefore remove the hypothetical control element. To identify point mutations in this, and any other v control element, would require comparing the presence or absence of CRM for TP with sensitive assays of the activity of the enzyme for each of the putative regulatory mutants. INTRODUCTION It is now becoming apparent that an understanding of the control of differential gene activity during development in high-er organisms will depend upon the resolution of the basic feat-ures of genetic organization and regulation in these organisms. It is also clear that the elucidation of these problems in Droso-phila will necessitate concerted genetic, developmental and mole-cular approaches to loci amenable to these analyses. Such a gene in Drosophila melanogaster is the sex-linked vermilion (v) locus which comprises a cistron controlling the activity of the enzyme tryptophan pyrrolase and which, as will be outlined below, has been the subject of considerable genetic, cytological, develop-mental and biochemical studies. This investigation was initiated to contribute further in-formation concerning the functioning of this locus by the induct-ion and recovery of conditional (temperature-sensitive, ts) mut-ant v alleles which might provide additional resolving power for the analysis of the means by which v gene expression is regulated during development. Furthermore, the recovery of a ts mutation in a gene controlling a known protein product could permit a determin-ation of the factors responsible for temperature-sensitivity in terms of changes in the gene product and a molecular understanding t s of the temperature-sensitive period of the v mutant. 1 The spontaneous, vermilion mutation, v_ (standard map position 1-33.0» LINDSLEY AND GRELL 1968) was the fourth mutation recover-ed in Drosophila (MORGAN 1910) and was so-named because of the bright, scarlet-red eye colour exhibited by homozygous females and hemizygous males carrying the mutation. Since 1910, many spontaneous and induced v mutations have been recovered. Despite functional diversity amongst them, all are completely recessive to wild type and their bright-red eye phenotypes are virtually indistinguishable. Mutation at the v locus results in the absence of the brown pigments (ommochromes) from the eye and ocelli of adults and pale yellow larval Malpighian tubules (ZIEGLER 1961). At this point it may be worthwhile to review briefly the most pertinent information concerning the v locus to demonstrate its appropriateness as a system for studying control of different-ial gene activity during development. Investigations of v muta-tions played a major role in the early development of biochemical and developmental genetics in Drosophila. The gynandromorph studies of STURTEVANT (1920) utilizing v_, the reciprocal trans-plantation of v and cn eye discs by BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI (1937). and the chemical identification of "v* hormone" as kynurenine by BUT-ENANDT, WEIDEL AND BECKER (19^0), stand as classical experiments pioneering the studies on gene-controlled biochemical processes and the epigenetic control of development. STURTEVANT (1920) demonstrated that gynandromorphs contain-ing v and v^ tissue always exhibit v^ eye colour and BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI (1937) showed that implants of v optic discs into wild type host larvae result in the discs developing into v_ eyes. Thus, v was defined as a "nonautonomous" mutant in that the phenotype of the eyes does not depend on their own genotype but rather on that of the surrounding tissue which can produce a + + substance (called "v hormone" or "v substance") enabling the v eyes to form normal brown pigment. This was:.,one of the first indications that not all genes act in all tissues during develop-ment. In the present study, the nonautonomy of a ts v mutation, tsl v , was tested in gynandromorphs at both the permissive and restrictive temperatures and was shown to be developmentally non-, H "tsl autonomous with respect to v_ but was autonomous in v_ s v gynanders raised at the permissive temperature. In reciprocal transplants between cn and v optic discs, it was found that the "lymph" of cn host larvae could supply implant-ed v optic discs with v^ substance, whereas the v host could not supply the implanted cn optic disc with the substance necessary to form brown pigment (BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI 1936). It was there-fore concluded that v and cn control different steps in the re-action chain leading to brown pigment formation and further, that the block caused by the cn mutation is distal to the one caused by v. Following chemical identification of the v^ and cn4" sub-stances as kynurenine and 3 -hydroxykynurenine respectively, the first gene-controlled reaction chain in Drosophila was elucidated (BUTENANDT, WEIDEL AND BECKER 19^ 0; KIKKAWA 1941; TATUM AND HAAGEN-SMIT 1941; BUTENANDT, WEIDEL AND BIEKERT 1949). Kynurenine is derived from tryptophan in the metabolism of mammals (BUTENENDT et al. 1940? KNOX AND MEHLER 1955)» bacteria (POILLON, MAENO, KOIKE AND FEIGELSON 1969) and Neurospora (BEADLE AND MIT-CHELL 1947) as well as in insect ommochrome synthesis and so is an ancient and universal pathway in which the key enzymes, tryptophan pyrrolase and kynurenine formamidase appear to have similar kinetic and metabolic properties in these diverse organisms (MARZLUF 1965). GREEN (1949x) definitively showed that the blocks in the ommo-chrome metabolic pathway caused by the v and cn mutations were be-tween tryptophan and formyl kynurenine and kynurenine and 3-hydro-xykynurenine respectively, since, (a) adult v mutants accumulate free non-protein tryptophan, whereas in the cn mutant more kynure-nine is found than in wild type; and (b) feeding or injection of formyl kynurenine or kynurenine results in the restoration of brown pigment to the eyes of adults, whereas it is necessary to feed cn larvae 3-hydroxykynurenine before brown pigment is deposited in the developing eyes. GLASSMAN (I956) showed that the enzyme kyn-urenine formamidase, which converts formyl kynurenine to kynurenine, is present in normal quantities in v and cn mutants. Hence v con-trols the proximal reaction, tryptophan to formyl kynurenine, catalyzed by tryptophan pyrrolase, and cn controls the distal step, kynurenine to 3-hydroxykynurenine, catalyzed by kynurenine hydroxy-lase. Finally, (BAGLIONI 1959» i960) succeeded in demonstrating that v mutations specifically block tryptophan pyrrolase activity, whereas cn has elevated tryptophan pyrrolase activity but lacks kynurenine hydroxylase activity. The biochemical basis of the phenotypic effects of v mutations was therefore focussed on changes in properties of tryptophan pyrrolase (KAUFMAN 1962j MARZLUF 1965» TARTOF 1969) which led to the conclusion that the v locus constitutes a cistron controlling the formation and activity of this enzyme (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971| TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1971). In the present study, extensive assays of tryptophan pyrrolase activity t s were conducted in fly extracts derived from wild type, v and various nonconditional v mutants and rearrangements, to monitor the activity of the locus under different mutational, dosage and environmental conditions. Concomitant genetic and cytological studies of the v locus by a number of workers have yielded information about the organi-zation and functioning of this gene. Thus, GREEN (1954) showed that the mutations, vl 801(1 v*^^ are resolvable by crossing over. The two mutations were recovered in cis arrangement by the use of an attached-X chromosome and therefore could be phenotypically compared with the trans form of the mutations. The cis configura-tion (viv36f / + + ) produced a wild type phenotype, whereas the trans form of this pair (vi • / + v36f). and any other pair of v mutations, is mutant. Therefore, the v mutations comprise a single complementation group and, as defined by the classical cis-trans test (LEWIS 1950), constitute a cistron. Complementation studies ts of the two v mutations recovered in this investigation and fine structure mapping of one of them, confirm;, the single complement-ation group and the presence of only three mutable sites, defined by crossing over, at the v locus. GREEN (19^ 9, 1952, 1954) demonstrated that by a number of criteria, 22 different v mutations could be broadly classified in-to two categories. Thus, many spontaneous mutations are suppress-ible by homozygous suppressor of sable (su(s)) mutations and are collectively termed suppressible v alleles (v_), whereas all in-duced and some spontaneous v mutations are unsuppressible (v^ ). When vf larvae are placed on a partial starvation diet, a certain amount of brown pigment is restored to the adult eye (BEADLE, TATUM AND CLANCY I938, 1939)> which is accompanied by a propor-tional increase in tryptophan pyrrolase activity and kynurenine synthesis (GREEN 1954; TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1968). Part-ial larval starvation has no effect on the expression of v^ alleles. Since both vf and Vf accumulate non-protein tryptophan to about the same extent and both produce v^ eye colour when larvae are fed formyl kynurenine or kynurenine (GREEN 1954), it is probable that vf_ alleles allow the synthesis of a potentially active tryptophan pyrrolase but either do not permit enzyme synthesis or result in an enzyme whose activity cannot be rest-ored by changing _in vivo metabolic conditions (MARZLUF 1965; TARTOF 1969). The EMS-induced v t s l allele has been tested for its suppressibility by a su(s) mutation and, as expected, is not suppressed. GREEN (1954) and LEFEVRE (1969) used X-chromosome deficiencies to delimit the cytological boundaries of the v locus to the X chromosome salivary band doublet 10A1-2. They also demonstrated that homo- or hemizygous deletion of the v tsl locus is lethal. The v allele was tested with several v deletions and, in all cases, the heterozygous females survived and were clearly vermilion in phenotype at the restrictive temp-tsl tsl erature for v . Therefore, the v mutation is most probably a point mutation within the v cistron. \ The major site of action of the v^ gene in the larval body is also known. BEADLE (1937) showed that the larval fat body and Malpighian tubules are the probable sources of kynurenine, since transplanting these specific tissues from v^ larvae into v larvae restored brown pigment to the eyes of v adults. In an elegant series of experiments, RIZKI (1963, 1964, 1968) firmly established that the fat body is. the primary source of kynurenine in the developing third instar larva and pupa and that kynurenine synthesis is an autonomous property of the fat body cells. In wild type as well as in a number of mutants (for example, cn, ca, w, bw) which affect the formation of red and brown pigments in the eye, light-blue fluorescent globules begin to accumulate in the cytoplasm of the cells of the anterior region of the fat body of the third instar larva prior to puparium formation (RIZKI 1963). The fluorescence of these globules increases in intensity and size as development proceeds through the third larval instar into the white puparium stage. The notable exception to the presence of blue autofluorescence globules is in v larvae (RIZKI 1964). In su(s)2 vs/su(s)2 v s larvae, the characteristic autofluorescence of kynurenine is returned to the cells of the anterior region of the fat body, demonstrating that the absence of a physiological process in a differentiated cell does not necessarily represent a permanent loss of genetic potential for that process (RIZKI 1968). By transplanting various regions of fat bodies from v^ third instar larvae into v adultshosts, RIZKI showed that the ability of the fat body to synthesize kynurenine is an auto-nomous property of specific areas of that tissue. Thus, when the anterior region of v^ larval fat body, of developmental age at which kynurenine first starts to appear, is implanted into a v adult host for 16 hours and then removed, kynurenine autofluor-escence is present, whereas neither the posterior region of v^ fat body, or whole fat body when similarly implanted, develop any fluorescence (RIZKI 1968). Feeding additional tryptophan (substrate) to v^ larvae prior to the time when kynurenine auto-fluorescence starts to appear in the anterior regions of the fat body, induces addiUonal fluorescence in the posterior regions. Therefore, kynurenine synthesis in the fat body is at least part-ly substrate inducible, and is correlated with increased levels of tryptophan pyrrolase activity in v^ and vf, flies fed, as larvae, on a tryptophan supplemented medium (MARZLUF 1965; RIZKI 1964, 1968; TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS I968). Thus, the detailed genetic, biochemical and developmental information about the functioning of the v locus makes it a likely candidate for investigations dealing with the control of differ-ential gene activity during Drosophila development. Temperature-sensitive (ts) mutations have formed a wide-spread class of conditional mutations in Drosophila which have been useful in the analysis of a variety of genetic, development-al and behavioural problems (SUZUKI 1970). Their usefulness for developmental studies derives from the ability to determine a critical period in development during which exposure of a dev-eloping fly, carrying a specific ts mutation, to a restrictive temperature commits the organism to a mutant phenotype (TARASOFF AND SUZUKI 1970; SUZUKI 1970). Although some information regarding the regulation of gene activity during development has been obtained using ts mutations (GRIGLIATTI AND SUZUKI 1970j FOSTER AND SUZUKI 1970} POODRY, HALL AND SUZUKI 1973)» direct approaches have been limited because of the difficulty in identifying the gene products controlled by these mutants. This study was therefore initiated in the hope that recovering a ts mutation in a structural gene for a known and assayable enzyme might provide a biochemical marker relating known phenotypic and developmental fluxes in gene activity with their possible molecular correlations. Accordingly, the initial part of this investigation is con-cerned with recovering ts mutations of the v gene. Genetic char-tsl acterization of one ts v mutation (v ) was then undertaken. This involved comparing the complementation properties, intralocus location, suppressibility and autonomy properties of this condition-al v mutation with equivalent properties exhibited by some noncon-ditional v mutations. Subsequently, the temperature-dependent tsl phenotypic expression of v was studied and compared with a detailed analysis of the biochemical properties of tryptophan tsl pyrrolase controlled by v at the permissive and restrictive temperatures. In all cases, comparable studies on wild type and some mutant tryptophan pyrrolases controlled by nonconditional v mutations were performed. Finally, developmental studies were tsl made on the phenotypic expression of v by determining the TSP and correlating this with the known variation in activity of TP during development and the accumulation of kynurenine in the fat body. The results are then interpreted according to a molecular model which seeks to explain the diverse and sometimes seemingly conradictory genetic, biochemical and cytological observations of the functioning of the v locus. MATERIALS AND METHODS I. Induction of v mutations. The potent DNA alkylating agent, ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) was used to induce v mutations in the following manner. Males of genotype +/Y;bw/bw (a detailed description of the mutations and chromosomes used can be found in LINDSLEY AND GRELL 1968) were collected within 48 hours of eclosion and fed 0.025M EMS in a 1% sucrose solution for 24 hours (LEWIS AND BACHER 1968). About 1 ml of EMS solution was placed on a filter paper in an empty half-pint milk bottle. Approximately 100 males were placed in each bottle. In each such mutagenesis treatment, about 10 bottles of males were treated at a time. After the 24 hour EMS - treatment, the males were transferred to bottles containing standard Drosophila medium for a 12 hour recovery period. The males were then mated with 2-3 day old virgin females of genotype In(l)dl-49, sc v B M 1/ In(l)dl-49»sc v BM1;bw/bw at 29°C, each culture bottle containing about 15-20 treated males and 20-30 females. After 3 days, the parents were transferred to fresh bottles for a second 3 day cult-ure at 29°C and then discarded. Cultures were left at 29°C so that all F^  progeny were grown throughout their lives at 29°C. The mat-ing procedure can be seen in Figure 2. Note that only F^  females receive a mutagenized X chromosome which might carry a newly-induc-ed mutation. Therefore, all F., females were examined for the Protocol for the recovery of temperature-sensitive vermilion mutations. oo ro +A t bw/bw cf c? (o.0233 EMS) X In(l)dl-49. sc v BM1/ln(1)dl-49, sc v B^j bw/bw $$ 29 F1 +*/ln(l)dl-49. sc v B^j bw/bw $$ X In(l)dl-49, sc v B^/Y j bw/bw <? </* Ml + /In(l)dl-49, sc v B^j bw/bw $$ (brown - eyed) +/In(l)dl-49» sc v bw/bw (white - eyed) and> + /Y j bw/bw <f cf (brown - eyed) + /Y i bw/bw <fcf (white - eyed) Retest at 22° and 29°C several times. presence of white eyes, since flies homozygous for v and. bw have no eye pigment. Most females were +*/ln(1)dl-49,sc v BM1;bw/bw (where +* indicates a mutagenized X chromosome) and therefore exhibited only the brown eye-colour phenotype. A newly-induced v mutation results in homozygosity for v thereby yielding the interaction with bw to give a white eye. Each newly-induced putative v mutation was then tested for the heritability of the v phenotype and the effect of temperature on its expression. Each white-eyed F^  female was mated individually to 3-5 In(l)dl-49,sc v BM1/Y;bw/bw males in vials at 22°C. After 3 days, the parents were transferred to fresh vials at 29°C. Note that the females retained were not necessarily virgin. However, their male sibs were the desired genotype. The F 2 progeny could be separated into different genotypic groups. Males and females, hemi- and homozygous for the dl-49 Ml chromosome could be recognized by the s£ and B phenotypes. The dl-^9 inversion prevents any crossing over in the v region with the homologs so that an induced v allele cannot be exchanged by cross-ing over with v_ in the dl-49 chromosome. The recovery of-fr*/Y; bw/bw males and +*/ln(1)dl-49,sc v BM1; bw/bw females as white-eyed flies at 29°C confirms the induction of a stable v mutation. The recovery of brown-eyed +*/Y;bw/bw males and +*/ln(1)dl-49,sc v BM1;bw/bw females from the 22°C cult-ure of the same F^  female suggests a ts expression of the new v allele. Any v mutation with a non-white eye colour at 22°C was retained and tested again several times at 22°C and 29°C to re-ts cover confirmed v mutations, t s A second screening method (Figure 3) for obtaining v mutations waslinitiated when deficiencies for the v locus were made available (LEFEVRE 1969). This method had some advantages over the first screen: (a) the number of flies handled at the F^  stage was reduced by a quarter as males hemizygous for the def-iciencies do not survive. This is not an inconsiderable advantage when thousands of flies are to be scored as F^s. Since only F^  females carry a mutagenized X chromosome, the frequency of recovery of potential v mutations is not affected, (b) the possibility t s that some v alleles might complement (i.e., express a wild type phenotype) with v_ was obviated by removal of the v locus. Thus, a comparison between the mutations recovered by the two screening systems could be of interest. The chromosome used in this second screen was Df (1) which is missing salivary gland chromosome bands 9F5 through 10A5 (LEFEVRE 1969). The crosses made to recover putative v and con-ts firmed v mutations are seen in Figure 3. All F1 females recover-ed ati'29°C were examined for eye colour. Again, a putative v mutation is detected by the occurrence of white-eyed females. These white-eyed females were retested by crossing them individu-ally to 3-5 In(l)dl-49,sc v B^/Ysbw/bw males in vials at 22°C. Any v mutation with a non-white eye colour at 29°C was retained and retested several times to ensure that the inherited temperature-sensitivity was stable. Protocol for the recovery of temperature-sensitive vermilion alleles using a deficiency for the locus. +A I tw/W <? <3 (0.025M EMS) females > **/DfvL3i bw/bw (white - eyed) Cross to In(l)dl-49i sc 22° and 29°C. DfvL3/ln(l)dl-49. sc v BM1; bw/bw +*/ln(1)dl-49. sc v BM1; bw/bw bw/bw c? C? and retest several times at II. Procedures for temperature-shift experiments. An important feature of temperature-sensitive mutants is that the critical time during development when temperature in-duces the mutant phenotype can be determined by shifting cult-ures from one temperature to another at different successive developmental intervals. This critical period in development during which a restrictive temperature commits the organism to a mutant phenotype has been defined the temperature-sensitive period or TSP (SUZUKI 1970). For any particular gene, the TSP may be thought of as that period when the gene's active biological product is necessary for normal development of the organism. A ts allele of v permits a correlation to be made between the TSP and the activity of trypt-ophan pyrrolase which is known to be affected by v alleles. The important question of what the TSP means in molecular terms there-fore may be asked using this particular mutation, t s The v alleles recovered express a mutant phenotype at 29°C (restrictive condition) and are wild type at 22°C (permissive). Shifts made from 22°C to 29°C and vice versa are defined as "shift-ups" and "shift-downs:, respectively. An illustrative example of a shift experiment can be seen in Figure 4. It can be seen that the first shift-down to yield mutant flies defines the beginning of the TSP and the first shift-up to give wild type flies marks the end. FIGURE 4 Shift experiments to delineate the temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of a temperature-sensitive mutation. (a) SHIFT-DOWN CULTURE TEMP \ \ \ k l l \ 1 •V L \ \ RESTRICTIVE TEMR MUTANT "•"PERMISSIVE TEMP (b) SHIFT-UP TSP CULTURE TEMP 7" 7 7 7" Z ^ Z MUTANT EGG | FIRST | SECOND | THIRD PUPA [~ADULT LARVAL INSTAR DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE AT T IME OF SHIFT 2 tsl For the shift studies, a homozygous ras v stock was 2 used because the eye-colour phenotype resulting.from the ras -v interaction at 29 C (orange in males and dilute raspberry tsl in females) is independent of age, whereas the eye-colour of v flies tends to darken with age. Sufficient numbers of eggs for experiments involving 2 temperature shifts were obtained from bottle stocks of ras -tsl v . About 100-200 aged parents were placed in each empty half-pint milk bottle which was kept on its side. The bottles were capped with petri plates containing fresh, standard Drosophila medium. Eggs were collected at 22°C and 29°C. Maximal egg re-covery was obtained under the following conditions: (i) The surface of the medium on which the eggs were deposited was held vertically; (ii) The surface of the medium was scoured with a needle as Drosophila females prefer irregular surfaces for ovi-position; (iii) A few drops of vinegar added to the surface of the medium of each petri plate stimulated egg-laying; (iv) The cultures were maintained in darkness. For most shift experiments, eggs were collected within a two-hour period so that cultures were to some degree homogeneous in development. Cultures were shifted at successive intervals after egg collection, and the developmental stage of the individ-uals at the time of each shift was noted. Adult males and females emerging from these cultures were scored for eye colour. The intervals between the initial shifts were about 12 hours. Once an approximate TSP had been defined, the intervals between shifts at developmental times approaching the start and finish of the TSP were reduced to delineate the onset and end of the TSP more precisely. In all cases, the exact time elapsed from the end of the two-hour egg collection period to the shift-time was noted. The larval instars present in the cultures at the time of each shift were identified according to the morphology of their mouth parts. The number of teeth present on the mandibular hooks is different for each of the 3 larval instars and readily allows recognition of each stage (BODENSTEIN 1950). Considerable asynchrony in the developmental times of each stage of Drosophila development was noted in the cultures shifted. Consequently the determination of the start and finish of the TSP was not precise. To ameliorate this problem as far as possible, the following procedures were adopted: (i) From each culture, individual larvae to be shifted were selected on the basis of the synchrony of their develop-mental stage. Thus, recently hatched (within 5 hours) first instar larvae were selected from individual cultures initiated from the same two-hour egg lay and transferred to fresh vials and placed at the new temperature. For shifts involving second or third instar larvae, larvae reaching the same approximate stage of development were selected according to size and transferred to fresh vials at the new tempera-ture . (ii) In performing rough determinations of the TSP for tsl the v mutant using 12-hour shifts, the third instar period was the critical time in development when change of tempera-ture induced change in mutant expression in the adults. Therefore, third instar larvae were partially synchronized by selecting recently-moulted (within 5 hours) individuals on the basis of eversion of the anterior spiracles, an event characteristic of recently-moulted thirds (BODENSTEIN 1950). However, none of these procedures produced particularly well-synchronized cultures as shown by the variation in eclosion times of adults emerging from the same selected cultures. III. Tryptophan pyrrolase assays Various strains:-of Drosophila melanogaster to be assayed for enzyme activity were raised in half-pint milk bottles contain-ing standard medium at 17t 0.5°C, 22+ 1°C and 29± 0.5°C. Approxi-mately 30 pairs of adult flies were allowed to mate and deposit eggs in each bottle for 3-5 days, then removed. Each enzyme assay required 20-40 bottles of flies. KAUFMAN (1962) has shown that levels of tryptophan pyrrolase activity in wild type flies vary significantly with adult age with maximum activity occurring about two days after eclosion. The effect of age was minimized in all tests by assaying flies collected within 24+24 hours of eclosion. The flies were collected in 1-10 g quantities (1 fly weighs about 1 mg) by lightly etherizing, separat-ing males from females when necessary, and quickly freezing in a dry ice 1 95$ ethyl alcohol mixture maintained at -20°C. After be-ing weighed, the flies were homogenized for 3 minutes at top speed in an Omnimix homogenizer with 5 volumes (weight/volume) of a homo-genizing medium containing 0.1M potassium phosphate buffer at pH 7.4, 5f» glycerol, 20 mg/ml neutral Norit and 0.3 mM 2-mercaptoethanol. This step was carried out in an ice-bucket at 0-4°C to minimize denaturation of the enzyme by the heat developed in the blending. After standing for 1-2 hours at 0-4°C, the homogenate was centrifuged at 48,000 x g for 30 minutes in a refrigerated Sorvall centrifuge. The resulting clear, straw-coloured supernatant was decanted and filtered through a Whatman No. 1 filter paper to remove the lipid layer and cell debris. The filtered super-natant, containing a crude preparation of tryptophan pyrrolase, was either stored at -20°C (where it remained stable for 1-2 months), used immediately as a crude source of the enzym^ or subjected to further purification. As the activity of tryptophan pyrrolase in the crude super-natant is usually quite low, procedures which concentrate this activity have been employed by other workers (KAUFMAN 1962; MARZLUF 1965; TARTOF 1969; BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). These procedures, with modifications, were repeated in the present study. The crude supernatant was recentrifuged for an addition-al 30-60 minutes at 48,000 x g and refiltered through a Whatman No. 1 filter paper. Cold, saturated ammonium sulfate was then added dropwise with stirring to the crude enzyme preparation un-til it was brought to 42%f. saturation. The mixture was maintained at pH 7.4 by the addition of 2N ammonium hydroxide. After stand-ing for 30-60 minutes at 0-4°C, the solution was centrifuged at 30,000 x g for 10 minutes. The pellet, which contains no detect-able tryptophan pyrrolase activity (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971), was discarded8 The supernatant was then brought to 59% ammonium sulfate saturation by further dropwise additions. The precipitate, representing the fraction between 43 and saturation, was re-covered by centrifugation at 30,000 x g for 30 minutes. The pellet was rinsed lightly with distilled water and redissolved in 1/10 the original homogenizing volume of 0.1 M potassium phosphate buffer at pH 7.4 containing 0.3 mM 2-mercaptoethanol and 5$ glycerol. This fraction was either used immediately or stored at -20°C where it retained 70-90$ activity for several months. Since tryptophan pyrrolase (TP) activity differed between some strains and between sexes within strains, TP activity was estimated relative to the total protein content of the flies. Additionally, protein determination is necessary to measure the recovery and purification of TP resulting from precedures adopted for extraction of the enzyme. Fractions from various strains were assayed for their protein contents by the LOWRY method (LOWRY, ROSEBROUGH, FARR AND RANDALL 1951). In this method, the reagent labelled C con-sists of 50 parts of reagent A (20 g Na2C0y4 g Na0H{0.2 g Na tartrate/litre) plus one part of reagent B (5 g CuSO^-5 HgO/litre) and is mixed on the day of use. Five parts of FOLIN-CIOCALTEAU reagent were diluted in 7 parts of water. This method of protein estimation depends upon the specific reaction, under alkaline conditions, between the FOLIN-CIOCALTEAU reagent and the tyrosine and tryptophan moieties in the proteins. A standard protein curve was obtained using 25 to 250 jug of crystalline bovine serum albumin. The Drosophila fractions whose protein contents were estimated were diluted until their protein contents fell within the range of the standards employed. TP assays described by MARZLUF (1965), TARTOF (I969) and BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) were tried. Slight modifications of BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK'S (1971) assay yielded consistently higher and reproducible TP activities in all strains tested. Owing to the low levels of TP activity in the fly extracts (compared to rat liver [SCHIMKE, SWEENEY AND BERLIN 1965] and Pseudomonas preparations [POILLON, MAENO, KOIKE AND FEIGELSON 1969]) it is necessary to assay for the enzyme under conditions which maximize the recovered activity and reproducibility of the results. Consequently, an effort was made to determine precise-ly the optimal assay conditions for TP extracted from wild type flies and from various v mutants and strain combinations. Unless otherwise stated in the Results, the assays were performed under the predetermined optimal conditions. To minimize the inherent variability in results of enzyme determinations, more than one test was usually performed for any given experiment using separ-ate enzyme preparations and reaction systems. The reaction mixture for TP assays contained the following ingredients: (i) Substrate. Unless otherwise indicated, a final con-centration of 1-tryptophan of 5 roM was used routinely. Aqueous solutions of 1-tryptophan require the addition of a few drops of concentrated (6N)NaOH before dissolution is achieved. The pH is returned to about 7.4 by the dropwise addition of dilute (1 or 2N) HC1. Stock solutions of either 20 or 25 M J.-tryptophan were routinely prepared and renewed weekly for use in the reaction mixture (KNOX 1955). (ii) Buffer. A final reaction mixture concentration of 40 mM potassium phosphate buffer at pH 7.4 was used to maintain the pH of the reaction at 7.4, the optimal pH for TP catalytic activity. A stock solution of 200 mM potassium phosphate buffer at pH 7.4 was renewed monthly for this purpose. (iii) Cofactors. (a) 2-mercaptoethanol is a potent activator of TP (MARZLUF 1965? BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971) and a final reaction mixture concentration of 2 mM provides maximum activation of v^ TP, Activation with 2 mM 2-mercaptoethanol results in about a five-fold increase in activity of v^ " TP. A solution of 10 mM 2-mercaptoethanol was prepared on the day of use for maximum effect. (b) Met-hemoglobin. Some uncertainty surrounds the role of met-hemoglobin or hematin as cofactors for Drosophila TP act-ivity. TP from other sources (notably rat liver and Pseudomonas) possess a heme prosthetic group and it is assumed (MARZLUF 1965? BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971) that Drosophila TP also has such a group. Thus, the addition of a compound containing a heme group could activate a prosthetic group-dependent enzyme which may have lost the heme during the extraction procedures. Conflicting results jiave been reported by MARZLUF (1965) using hematin and BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) using met-hemoglobin respectively as the source of the heme group. MARZLUF reported negligible increase in activity with the addition of hematin to the reaction mixture. On the other hand, BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK report that met-hemoglobin at a final reaction mixture concentra-tion of 0.5 mg/ml enhances the activity of v^ TP twofold in a crude preparation and fourfold after ammonium sulfate precipitation. In the present study, met-hemoglobin did appear to stimulate TP activity in both crude and ammonium sulfate fractionated extracts but not to the extent reported by BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK. Therefore, met-hemoglobin was routinely used as a cofactor for the enzyme re-action at a final reaction mixture concentration of 0.5 mg/ml. (iv) In all assays, a sufficient amount of enzyme was added to the reaction mixture to ensure that the kynurenine released could be estimated by the TARTOF adaptation (1969) of the BRATTON AND MARSHALL (1939) diazotization procedure for aromatic amine determination. Low levels of kynurenine are released in the assay mixture. Thus, long periods of incubation are necessary for the liberation of sufficient kynurenine to be conveniently and reproducibly deter-mined by the diazotization procedure. Normally a period of at least 2 hours was allowed for incubation of the reaction, A re-action temperature of 41°C was found to be optimal for maximal re-lease of kynurenine over a two hour period without significant effect on v^ TP stability. Specific tests of the catalytic prop-erties of TP in wild type and v mutants were conducted at differ-ent incubation temperatures as will be indicated in the Results, The routine reaction mixture contained 40 mM potassium phosphate buffer pH 7.4, 5-7 mM l-tryptophan, 2 mM 2-mercaptoeth-anol, 0.5 mg/ml methemoglobin, 0.1 to 0.8 mis of enzyme extract and distilled water to a total assay, volume of 2.0 mis. The tubes were preincubated for 15 minutes at the assay temperature before the reaction was started by the addition of enzyme. All tubes were set up in duplicate and the reaction in one of the tubes was stopped immediately after addition of enzyme by the addition of 2.0 mis of TCA to provide a control measure of background kynurenine formation. Another occasionally used control was the omission of tryptophan from the reaction vessel during incubation and its addition after the enzyme was precipitated with 5$"* TCA. Both types of controls gave approximately the same blank values for non-enzymatic formation of kynurenine which were then subtract-ed from the appropriate experimental tube values. After a designated period of incubation, the reaction was stopped in the experimental tubes by the addition of 2.0 mis of 5 fo~ TCA and all tubes were then heated to 90°C for 10 minutes to ensure that the conversion of formyl kynurenine to kynurenine was complete. All tubes were then assayed for kynurenine content according to the following precedure. The technique for the detection and quantitative estimation of kynurenine, produced by the combined actions of TP and kynuren-ine ..formamidase (GLASSMAN 1956) t/ was originally designed by BRATT0N AND MARSHALL (1939) for the estimation of aromatic amines. After centrifugation of the TCA-stopped reaction tubes at 2000 RPM for 5 minutes, the supernatants were filtered through a Whatman No. 5 filter paper and 0.8 ml of 3_3»2 mis of supernatant were assayed for kynurenine content. A 0.2 ml aliquot of O.l^ sodium nitrite was added to 0.8 ml of the supernatant. The mixture was allowed to stand for 2 minutes, then 0.2 ml of ammonium sulfamate was added and the mix allowed to stand for another 3 minutes after which 0.2 ml of 0,l%f\  N-l-napthylethylenediamine dihydrochloride was added. The samples (now 1.4 ml in volume) were left in the dark for 2 hours at 25°C and the absorbancies were then read in a Gilford spectrophotometer at 560 mju against a reagent blank. Kynurenine content of the samples was found by comparing the ab-sorbancies with similarly treated standards of 1-kynurenine. The BRATT0N AND MARSHALL diazotization procedure is a sensitive assay and for good reproducibility, the following attention to detail is required: (a) sodium nitrite solution should be prepared on the day of the assay: (b) the dye, N-l-napthylethylenediamine dihydrochloride (obtainable from the East-man Kodak Company) was found to yield the most reliably reproduc-ible results if prepared fresh every 3° days and stored in a brown stoppered bottle at about 2°C. For most5enzyme assays, the activity of TP was measured as WM kynurenine formed per 2 hours of incubation per g wt. of flies. In the cases where protein content of the fraction was measured, specific activity of TP was measured as juM kynurenine per 2 hours per mg of protein. Other units used are defined where appropriate. Wild type TP catalyzes the transformation of 1-tryptophan to formyl kynurenine. The kinetics of this reaction were examined with respect to the amount of kynurenine released with increasing periods of incubation time. The crude preparation of the enzyme was used and in each case 0.4 ml of enzyme extract was added to the optimal reaction mixture to start the reaction. All tubes were set up in duplicate with the reaction in one tube immediate-ly stopped with 2.0 ml of 5$'. TCA and the.other tube of the pair stopped after the designated incubation time which ranged from 30 to 300 minutes. The optimal substrate concentration and the Km for the wild type enzyme were measured by determining the rate of kynurenine released with increasing 1-tryptophan concentrations under stand-ard conditions. The optimal temperature for the release of product catalyzed by wild type TP was assessed by subjecting the reaction mixture to a given temperature of incubation over a 2 hour period and assay-ing the resulting rate of formation of kynurenine in the standard manner. t si For each of these kinetic criteria, TP derived from the v mutant strain grown at 22° and 29°C was similarly prepared, assay-ed and compared with wild type enzyme tested under the same condit-ions, In the case of determining the optimal temperature for the release of product by TP derived from v t s l grown at 29°C, a 40-60$" ammonium sulphate fraction was assayed. RESULTS A. INDUCTION OF v AND v t S MUTATIONS The numbers of v mutations recovered by the two screening procedures are shown in Table 2. Among F^  females classed as "white-eyed" were several whose eyes were intermediate in colour between white and brown (yellow-brown) and they also exhibited intermediate colouration of the ocelli. On retesting, these females regularly gave a darker eye colour in both males and females in 22°C cultures. The females were BM1;bw in phenotype so their genotype was +*/ln( 1 )dl-49, sc v ;bw/bw and the males were sc +BM 1 ' t ' i bw t indicating a +*/Y;bw/bw genotype. These were t s included in the number which failed to reconfirm as v or v muta-tions and were discarded. Of the 33 mutations which behaved as v at 29°C, only two were genuine temperature-sensitives. That is, females heterozyg-t s 1 ous for the v allele and v_ or a deficiency, interacted with the homozygous brown condition to yield white eyes at 29°C and brown eyes at 22°C. The two new v^s alleles were distinguishable t s2 from each other in their properties. Of the two mutants, v which was recovered in screen 2, appeared to have more brown pig-ment at 29°C than v t s l in vts/ln(l)dl-49,sc v BM1;bw/bw flies. Studies on the interaction of other vermilion mutants with brown, show that the amount of brown pigment in the white eye is t s TABLE 2 Results of screening for v and v mutations by-two different methods (see text for details of experiments 1 and 2). Number of Progeny t s Experiment Number of Putative v Sterile or Non-ts v v mutagen- mutations not con- muta- muta-ized at 29°C firmed v tions tions males at 29°C 1 10,000 75 48 26 2 3,000 21 15 5 Totals 13,000 96 63 31 directly correlated with detectable levels of tryptophan pyrrolase activity. The presence of detectable brown pigment and associated TP activity is confined to those v mutants which are suppressible by mutations at the su(s) locus (GREEN 1952; SHAPARD I960; TARTOF 1969). t s2 Males carrying v were viable and fertile so that homozygous t S2 t si v females were generated, whereas males bearing v did not sur-vive at 22° or 29°C. Since LEFEVRE (1969) has found that only dele-tions spanning the v locus appear to be lethal, lethality of the tsl tsl v chromosome could be an effect of v itself or to a lethal mutation induced elsewhere on the chromosome. The latter possibility tsl was tested by determining the viability of v bearing chromosomes tsl having crossovers on either side of the v locus. tsl The crosses can be seen in Figure 5. Since v m / Y males were recovered at 29°C (Line 3), a lethal was present to the right tsl of v . Crossovers removing the m marker were then recovered + oi (Line 5) and the v chromosome homozygosed as seen in the Figure. tsl ts2 The autosomal marker bw was eliminated in both v and v stocks by the use of the sutosomal balancer SM5. tsl ts2 The phenotype of v - and v - bearing flies can be seen in t'sl t "s2 Table 3, It can be seen that v is a more extreme mutant than v o ts2 tsl at 29 C. Furthermore, in contrast to v , v males are distinct-ively more mutant at 29°C than females. This sexually dimorphic expression of at 29°C was maintained through subsequent select-ion procedures and outcrossings which would eliminate sex-linked or autosomal modifiers of v * mutant expression in males or females. tsl FIGURE 5 Removal of lethal from the v chromosome tsl and homozygosis of v . Line 1 + v t s l +/ln(l)dl-49, sc v B M 1; bw/bw g X ras^+jn/Y j bw/bw cf ,M1 22 J.-4 A 2 + v +/ras + m ; bw/+ ££ X ras + m/Y cfcf 29 3 + + + / + . + X + v t s l m/Y cf (survive) 22 v t s l m/+ + 9 X + +/Y ^ 29 5 Select v t s l +/Y  do* 22 FM6/+ gg V. FM6/vtsl oo " i1 I tsl / tsl -v /v X v t s l/Y dV X v t s l/Y do' 8 Stock TABLE 3 Eye phenotypes of males and females carrying v alleles'at 22° and 29°C. 22°C 29°C ALLELE MALES FEMALES MALES FEMALES v tsl V V —>+* _ts2 V + + -»v Represents an intermediate phenotype in which the eye colour is closer to vermilion than wild type. Represents an eye phenotype intermediate "between wild type and vermilion. tsl Selection of v males and females showing the most mutant expression at 29°C and most wild type expression at'22°C was carried 4" c* 1 n-p out by rearing stocks of v /Y males crossed to C(1)DX,v f /Y females, and females crossed to v^^/Y males at 22° and 29°C. In the first generation, males from the former and virgin females from the latter stock, which showed the most mutant ex-pression of the v allele at 29 C, were selected and individually crossed to their respective sibs at both temperatures. From the cross of vtsl/Y males to C(l)PX,vQ:£' f /Y virgin females, males tsl o showing the most wild-type expression of the v allele at 22 C, whose male sibs showed the most vermilion expression at 29°C, were selected and crossed to C(1)DX,vQf f /Y virgin females at 22° and 29 C. Similarly, v /v virgin females from the second series of crosses exhibiting the most wild type phenotype at 22°C whose female sibs showed the most mutant phenotype at 29°C, were selected and crossed to their v'fcsl/Y sibs at 22° and 29°C. These procedures were repeated through five generations and the separate male and tsl female v lines were then crossed to produce the stock line used in subsequent genetic and biochemical studies. No significant phenotypic changes were detectable during or after this selection tsl procedure indicating that v is a highly stable mutation. Replacement of second and third and reconstitution of the X t si chromosomes in the v stock line were periodically carried out by outcrossing to second and third chromosome balancers and by allowing tsl free crossing over of the v -"bearing chromosome with wild type X chromosomes. Again, no significant differences in the tempera-t si ture-sensitive expression of v in males or females was observ-ed. tsl ts2 Fertility and viability of the v and v stocks were ex-cellent at both 17° and 22°G and not different from most other stocks at 29°C. tsl ts2 Complementation tests between v and v were made by tsi / t s2 generating heterozygous v /v females in reciprocal crosses raised at 22° and 29°C, and examining for eye pigmentation. The eye colour of these females was nearly wild type at 22°C and was intermediate between wild type and vermilion at 29°C. The pheno-types of the females from both reciprocal crosses were identical, tsl ts2 Thus, while v and v have distinctive properties, they fail to complement. This further corroborates the single complementa-tion group of all v mutations (GREEN 19^9, 1952? BARISH AND FOX 1956; SHAPARD I960; TARTOF 1969; LEFEVRE 1969, 1971). tsl From this point on, the v allele was studied exclusively since it is more mutant in phenotype at 29°C and exhibits the sexually dimorphic phenotype. B. PHENOGENETICS OF THE v t s l MUTATION Extensive tests of the phenotypic interactions of different v alleles inter se and with a variety of deficiencies at or near the v locus have been made (BRIDGES 1919; GREEN 19^9, 1952, 195^ ; BARISH AND FOX 1956; LEFEVRE 1969, 1971). These observations were tsl extended by similarly testing the phenotypic interactions of v at different temperatures. The extent of "vermilioness" resulting from these interactions 1 was based on a semi-quantitative scale from 0.0 (colour of v_) to 5.0 (wild type). Cultures of v t s l were raised at 17°, 22°, 29° and 31°C and the resulting eye pigmentation was estimated visually. Estimates of pigmentation based on visual inspection of eye colour and on quantitation by spectrofluorometry correlate very closely (BAKER AND SP0FF0RD 1959). Wild type and other vermilion alleles were also tested at these temperatures as controls. The results are given in Table Several points arising from the results in Table 4 warrant attentions tsl (i) In v females and males both, there is an increment-al increase in the mutant vermilion phenotype of the flies at pro-gressively higher temperatures. (ii) At 17° and 22°C, v t s l males and females are pheno-typically similar. However, at the higher temperatures, males are distinctly more mutant than females. At 31°C, v^31 males are indis-TABLE 4 Visually estimated eye pigmentation of different v alleles at several temperatures. PHENOTYPE (VERMILION INDEX) GENOTYPE SEX 17°C 22°C 29°C 31 °G + / + V'• /V'*:-Females 5.0* 5.0 5.0 5.0 v^/Y Males 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 vtsl/vtsl Females 5.0 4.5 2.0 1.5 vtsl/Y Males 5.0 4.5 1.0 0.5 v +/v t s l Females 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 vVvi Females 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 v^/Y Males 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 v36f/y36f Females 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 v36f/Y Males 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 C(l)DX,v0ff/Y Females 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 In the scale, 0.0 = completely vermilion, 5.0 = completely wild type. tinguishable from v^/Y and v^f/Y males raised at this tempera-ture, whereas v^31 females are still less mutant than v^/v* and v36f/y36f f e m a l e s a t 3 1o c > (iii) Three different v alleles (v^ , y^** an(j v Q f ) which differ in their suppressibiiity, map position within the v locus and mode of origin, have identical phenotypes at all temperatures. Thus, temperature-sensitivity is not a general property of v alle-les and occurs in a low proportion of EMS-induced v mutations. (iv) The eye colour of Oregon-R males and females is not ts. t si ( y) v is completely recessive to wild type at all temperatures. tsl I. Complementation properties of selected v combinations. No complementation between v alleles has ever been noted (GREEN 1952; BARISH AND FOX 1956; SHAPARD I960; TARTOF 1969; LE-FEVRE 1971), even though some v alleles can be readily disting-uished on other grounds, such as suppressibility by the non-allelic su(s) mutations, map position within the locus, phenotypic response to tryptophan feeding of larvae and their spontaneous or induced origin, all of which will be discussed in detail in other sections. However, temperature-sensitivity of a v allele could show a different pattern of interaction. Consequently, tsl v males were crossed to females carrying different v alleles tsl in order to generate females heterozygous for v and another _v allele. These females were raised at 17°i 22°, 29° (and in some cases, 31 °C) and scored for eye colour. Additionally, heterozygotes for other v alleles were tested for their eye col-our phenotypes at 22° and 29°G. Table 5 provides a summary of the results of these complementation tests. It can be seen that the eye colour of females heterozygous tsl for v and any other v allele, is temperature-dependent. Int-"fc s 1. "fc s X erestingly, even though v /v females have wild type eyes at 17°C, when the allele is present with a non-ts allele, the eye colour is intermediate. This could be interpreted as a partial t si dominance of non-ts v alleles over v , and is a demonstration t si of the altered activity of v even at permissive temperatures. As expected, at 29° and 31°C, all eyes are completely v in pheno-type. These data extend the observations of the lack of complement-ation between all v alleles tested. The present 1?°C data could be explained, if, in a female, each v allele functions independently and produces a product which does not interact, at least at the phenotypic level, with the product formed by the other allele. Alternatively, if the polypeptide products of the two alleles do interact, the hybrid polymer produced should be mutant to account for the reduced wild type pigmentation in the 17°C-reared hetero-t si zygotes of v and non-ts v alleles. T 1 T ? Three deficiencies within the X chromosome, Df v ,Df v TABLE 5 "tsl Phenotypes of females heterozygous for v and other v alleles at different temperatures. PHENOTYPE (VERMILION INDEX) PROPERTIES OF THE NON-ts v ALLELE ORIGIN GENOTYPE 17°C 22°C 1 A SP 29°G 31°C V t s l / y 1 *2.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 : s l/v 3 6 f 2.5 1.5 0 . 0 0 . 0 vtsl/vsP 2.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 v t s l/v o f 2.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 vVv3^£ 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 v_ /v 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 SUPPRESSIBILITY Supcressible (GREEN, 1952) Unsuppressible (GREEN, 1952) Suppressible (TARTOF, 1969) Not known Not known Combination is unsuppressible (TARTOF, 1969) Not known Spontaneous (MORGAN, 1910) MAP POSITION T -P-U r- 3 6f Left of v-^  (GREEN, 195^  Spontaneous Right of v (WILLIAMS, 1936) (GREEN, 195^  Spontaneous Not known (KAUFMAN, 1972) X-ray Not known (OFFERMAN, 1935) Scale = 0.0 = complete vermilion expression of the v locus. 5.0 = complete wild type expression of the v locus. and Df lack different parts of the v locus, as was shown in Figure 1. The _v locus has been localized to salivary chromosome Li bands 10A1-2 and Df v has lost band 10A2 with a breakpoint close TO to the right edge of 10A1, whereas Df v is missing band 10A1 with its right breakpoint at the junction.of 10A1 and 10A2 (LE-FEVRE 1969). Hence, the combination of Df v L 1 and Df v L 2 has minimal deficiency overlap as shown in the Figure. On the other h a n d » Df v1-3 lacks the entire v locus (LEFEVRE I969). When crossed inter se at 17°, 22° and 29°C, none of the def-iciency heterozygotes survive, even when there is minimal overlap as in the case of Df v L 1 with Df v L 2 (LEFEVRE 1969, and some re-peated here). Each of the deficiencies was tested in females carrying v£ at 17°, 22° and 29°C. In all crosses, the hetero-zygotes were viable and clearly vermilion in phenotype. ' All v^s1/ Df v females also survived at 17°, 22° and 29°C and their pheno-types are summarized in Table 6. Since all combinations of deficiencies for the v locus are lethal (LEFEVRE 1969; TABLE 6) it could be argued that a loss of any part of the v locus results in lethality, in which case the survival of vtsl/Df v females would suggest that v t s l is not a deficiency. Indeed, cytological examination of salivary gland tsl chromosomes of v >larvae by Dr. T. Kaufman revealed no detect-able abnormality, even though very small deficiencies involving TO the v locus (Df v , for example) are readily observable (LEFEVRE 1969). TABLE 6 Eye phenotype of females heterozygous for different 1 +e1 combinations of Df(l)v j v_ and v at different temperatures. GENOTYPE INDEX OF 17°C VERMILIONESS AT DIFFERENT 22°C TEMPERATURES 29°C DfvWbfv^ - - -DfvL1/DfvL3 - - -DfvL2/DfvL3 - - -DfvL1/v1 * 0.0 0.0 0.0 DfvL2/v1 0.0 0.0 0.0 Dfv^/v1 0.0 0.0 0.0 DfvL1/vtsl 1.5 1.0 0.0 DfvL2/vtsl 1.5 1.0 0.0 DfvL3/vtsl 1.5 1.0 0.0 DfvL3/v+ 5.0 5.0 5.0 Scale » 0.0 = completely vermilionj 5.0 = completely wild type. It can be seen (TABLE 6) that the phenotype of v /Df v tsl tsl at all temperatures is more mutant than v /v females raised at the same temperatures (compare TABLES 4 and 6). While a per-tsl ceptible phenotypic difference exists between v. /Df v females raised at 17° and 22°C, the magnitude is small. Thus, in the tsl presence of a deficiency, v behaves more like a non-ts v tsl mutation, even though y /Y males are nearly normal. However, vtsl/Df v females are more extreme at 17° and 22°C than vtsl/v females. At this point, it is worth pointing out that while vtsl/Df v females and v^f^/Y males have the same number of v^sl genes, the females are much more mutant than the males, which is + ql further corroboration of the sex difference in expression of v . It could be suggested that the Y chromosome affects the ex-tsl t sl v" pression of v . Consequently, v / 0 males were generated by the cross: v t s l/Y x C(1) RM/O g. The v t s l/0 males were identical in phenotypes at 17°» 22° and 29°C to v t s l/Y males raised at these temperatures, thereby showing that the Y chromosome does not affect tsl the expression of v in males. A Y chromosome bearing a duplication of v^, ^  Z^.Y (CHOVNICK 1968), restores wild type eye colour to males carrying a v allele on the X chromosome (LEFEVRE 1971» TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1971). £ vt3l/y* v^.Y males were generated in the cross % v^sl/Y cT1 x C( 1)RM» zJ/i! v^.Y $ at 17°, 22° and 29°C. At all three tempera-tures, the phenotype of the jr v^Vy* v^.Y males was wild type, again indicating that v is recessive like all other v alleles. Other eye colour mutants interact with vermilion mutants. 2 tsl Two such mutants, bw and ras were tested with v . In combina-tion with bw, suppressible v alleles have residual brown pigment in an otherwise white eye, whereas unsuppressible v alleles have pure white eyes (GREEN 1952; SHAPARD i960). A stock of y t s l / v t s l ; bw/bw $ X v^sl/Y;bw/bw d*was generated and grown at 17°, 22° and 29°C. At 17° and 22°C, the eye colour of males and females was nearly bw. At 29°C, the eyes of the males were white with a very small amount of residual brown pigment, whereas the females had considerably more brown pigment, which produced a "yellow-light brown" hue. These results are consistent with the temperature-t si sensitive expression of v . The presence of some brown in an an otherwise white eye in males and females could suggest that tsl v is suppressible at this temperature. However, as will be tsl 2 shown later, v is unsuppressible by su(s) . It would thus appear that v alleles which have some residual activity allow a slight expression of bw. p In combination with the sex linked eye colour mutant, ras , 4• e? 1 O non-ts v alleles produce an orange eye colour, ras y and ras flies were grown at 17°, 22° and 29°C. The ras2 phenotype remain-ed constant at all three temperatures. Males and females of the ras2 v t s l stock at 17°C were indistinguishable from ras2 males and females. At 22°C, the eye colour of ras2 v^ 1 males and females was similar=and exhibited a slight orange tinge not present in ras2. At 29°C, the ras2 v t s l males were definitely orange in eye colour, in contrast to an intermediate ("between raspberry and _ A X orange) colour of the females. This 29 C eye colour of ras v females will be referred to as "dilute-raspberry". tsl 2 The interactions of v either with bw or ras show that at tsl the restrictive temperature, v does behave like a standard v allele with some residual activity. The temperature-dependent inter-tsl 2 action of v with ras and bw show that the phenotypic differences tsl of v at different temperatures are indeed valid criteria of the activity of the allele. II. Suppressibility of by the su(s)2 mutation. One of the most interesting and potentially revealing prop-erties of v alleles (from the standpoint of the nature of the mole-cular control of gene action in Drosophila) is their relationship with the su(s) locus. The mutant, su(s), was the first suppressor mutation discovered in Drosophila (BRIDGES 1915) and has since been the subject of intensive study at both the phenotypic and molecular levels (SCHULTZ AND BRIDGES 1932j GREEN 1952, 1954; SHAPARD i960; BAGLIONI I960; MARZLUF 1965$ TARTOF 1969; JACOBSON 1971J TWARDZIK, JACOBSON AND GRELL 1971; WHITE, TENER, HOLDEN AND SUZUKI 1973). The original su(s) allele has been lost but many others, both spontaneous and induced, have since been recovered and all exhibit similar properties in relation to the v locus. The su(s) mutations are recessive and interact with certain v alleles to produce a wild FIGURE 6 Crosses to generate and test the effect 2 tsl su( s) on v . Line 1 su(s)2 _v/Y j bw/bw <? X +/+ » B1 sp/SM5 sp g & su(s)2 v/su(s)2 v j bw/bw o X +/Y  j B1 sp/SM5 sp su(s)2 _v/+ j SM5. sp/bw g X su(s)2 _v/Y j B1 sp/bw d* 3 Select t su(s) v/su(s)S j SM5 sp/jn g X su(sr v/Y ; SM5» sp/BX sp- 0* 4 ras2 v t s l/Y i +/+ ^  +/+ i I sp/SM5 sp g & ras2 vtsl/ras2 v t s l; +/+ o X +/Y I B1 sp/SM5. sp ras 2 v t S l/+ 8 SMi. sp/+ $ ? ras2 vtsl/Y j B1 sp/+ <? 6 Select I ras2 vtsl/ras2 v t s l I B1 sp/SM5, sp £ X ras* V X S V Y J B1 SP/SM5, sp ^ 2 tsl 7 su(s)^ v/su(s)* v j SM£, sp/Bl sp £ X ras2 ? £1 sp/SM5, sp 0* 8 su(s) ** + _v/+ ras2 v t s l j SM£, sp/Bl sp g X ras* v^ V y j SM£, sp/Bl sp c^  2 .tsl q.. A 4>o1 9 9 +o1 9 Select; su(s) . ras , v crossover progenyi su(s) ras v /Y { SM5. sp/Bl sp <? 10 Homozygose and test at 2 2 ° and 29°C. type eye colour. Those y alleles whose mutant expression is altered "by su(s) are classed as suppressible. All of the suppressible v alleles which have been assayed for tryptophan pyrrolase activity show a varying but partial restoration of enzyme activity in combina-tion with homozygous su(s) alleles (BAGLIONI I960} KAUFMAN 1962; MARZLUF 1965$ TARTOF 1969f TWARDZIK, JACOBSON'AND GRELL 1971). A su(s) v chromosome was generated to test the suppress-t si ibility of v . As an independent check to verify the presence 2 su(s) . the suppressible mutation, sp, was introduced on the second chromosome. The crosses used to generate su(s)2 ras2 sp/sp are shown in Figure 6. At 22°C, flies of this stock were non-sp thereby verifying 2 the presence of su(s) . The eye colour was raspberry showing that + gi Q v was acting as a wild type allele. At 29 C, the non-sp pheno-2 type showed that su(s) was not temperature-sensitive. The males had an orange eye colour characteristic of v ras flies thereby show-a 4" e 1 ing that su(s) did not suppress v . This is consistent with the general observation that spontaneous v alleles are suppressible, whereas induced v mutants are not. III. Studies on the nonautonomous expression of v . Expression of v alleles in gynandromorphs (STURTEVANT 1932» GREEN 1952; SHAPARD i960) and of v^ eye discs transplanted into v^ larvae (BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI 1936) has been found to be nonautonomous That is, the eye colour phenotype expressed in eye cells which are genotypically v depends on the genotype of the surrounding tissue. When v^ tissue is present, the phenotype of the trans-plant is v^, whereas the phenotype is v when the host is also v. This nonautonomous expression of v alleles holds for both suppress-ible (STURTEVANT 1932; GREEN 1952; SHAPARD i960) and unsuppressible v alleles (GREEN 1952; SHAPARD i960). Autonomy of v^31 was studied at 22° and 29°C by the construct-tsl ion of gynandromorphs of y and + cells. This tests the general-ization that all types of v alleles are nonautonomous. The funda-t si + mental question is whether v can be shown to differ from v_ tsl permissive temperatures. Furthermore, combination of v with v tsl +• in gynanders could show whether v behaves as a genuine v allele at 22°C in producing a diffusible product capable of modifying v expression. Gynandromorphs could be constructed using the effect of the third chromosome eye colour mutant claret non-dis.junctional (ca ) y. J on chromosome disjunction. Offspring of homozygous ca females exhibit a greatly increased frequency of somatic elmination of the maternal X chromosome (LEWIS AND GENCARELLA 1952) shortly after fertilization. This results in the production of mosaics of the general types X maternal/X paternal : X paternal/0. Cells in which the X chromosome is lost could be recognized by the cuticular ex-pression of the recessive mutation yellow (y) which marked the pater-nal X chromosome. Where the XO tissue included sexually distinct structures, male tissue could also be recognised. tsl In the first crosses, tests of autonomy of v in gynanders + tsl with v_ were established to determine whether v behaves as a v allele at 29°C. Gynanders were synthesized by the crosses shown in Figure 7. Females were scored for the presence of yellow tissue indicative of X/0 cells. The location of the yellow tissue of each mosaic was recorded on a master sheet and the colour of both eyes carefully noted. A total of 9 gynanders was recovered, 7 at 22°C and 2 at 29°C. Three of the 22°C gynanders were complete bilaterals and both eyes in all three were wild type. The other four had smaller regions of mutant tissue and all had wild type eyes. These results for the o tsl + 22 C-raised gynanders show that v behaves as a normal v_ allele at 22°C. Of the two gynanders recovered at 29°C, one had a catercorner arrangement of mutant tissue (Figure 8). The dorsal and ventral surfaces of the head, thorax, wing and legs of one half of the body were mutant, whereas the ventral and dorsal surfaces of the other half of the abdomen were mutant. Both eyes of this gynander were wild type, even though the genotype of one of the eyes was y y^f^/0. The presence of wild type tissue in one half of the body (including the other eye) was apparently sufficient to bestow a wild type eye t <?T colour to the genotypically v eye, thereby showing that v is nonautonomous like all other v alleles. The other gynander recovered at 29°C was also a bilateral FIGURE 7 Crosses used to generate gynandromorphs + j tsl v and v . 1 +/+ I +/+ $$ x +A I i! cand/TM6 3 Collect ef_, cand progeny » +/+ ; ef ca^d/ef ca^ o X y v^1/* I +/+ k Scoring crossi examine all progeny at both temperatures for gynandromorphs resulting from somatic elimination of a maternal X chromosome. t 4- c* i "H e? 1 FIGURE 8 An example of a vj/y v § y 1 /° gynandromorph raised at 29°G. DORSAL VENTRAL SHADED REGIONS REPRESENT y v t s l/0 TISSUE (BOTH EYES ARE y± IN PHENOTYPE) gynander for the head, thorax and legs, but was mutant for the entire abdomen. Again, both eyes were wild type corroborating tsl the result of v nonautonomy found with the previous gynander. Interestingly, the abdomen was completely mutant, thereby showing that a mutant genotype of a region in which the fat body of the larvae, pupa and early adult resides, plays no role in determining tsl v mutant expression. This is of interest considering RIZKI'S (1963) report that the fat body of the larvae is the probable loca-tion of tryptophan pyrrolase activity and the formation of brown pigment precursor (kynurenine) destined for the eye. The argument outlined here rests on the assumption that in Drosophila mosaics, the genotype of the internal tissues corresponds to the observed genotype of the equivalent external tissues, for which there is some experimental evidence (HOTTA.AND BENZER 1972). tsl 1 Any interaction of v with v_ could be determined in gynan-ders of the two alleles constructed as shown in Figure 9. A total of 9 gynanders was recovered; 6 from the 22°C crosses and 3 from the 29°C crosses. The positions of the mutant tissue in an example of one of the 6 gynanders recovered at 22°C can be seen in Figure 10. As one might expect, both eyes were wild type in all 6 gynanders. In view of the vermilion-like phenotype of v^Vv^ eyes at 22°C (Table 5)» this is of interest. These gynanders show that the "t s y v /0 tissue produces enough brown pigment (or brown pigment precursor) at 22°C to allow a genotypically y v^^/v1 eye to become wild type. FIGURE 9 Crosses used to generate gynandromorphs tsl , 1 v and v 1 Z^/yi j +/+ $ X + A i £ cand/e! cj£i f 2 //Y ; ef cj£d/+ d* v /+ j TM6, es/+ o 3 vVv 1 j ef. cand/TM6, e s g X y1/* , ef, cand/TM6, ef „1 / 1 „„nd / s „„nd » X /Z * £ ca /e ca o vt sl/Y , +/+V 5 Scoring cross» examine all progeny at "both temperatures for gynandromorphs resulting from somatic elimination of a maternal X chromosome. Homozygous zVz** ef cand/es cand females are readily mmm^mm M M * ^ ^ m m m m identified because v and ca when homozygous, interact to give a characteristic clear orange eye. A A _L. FIGURE 10 An example of a v_/y v § y v /0 gynandromorph raised at 22°C. DORSAL VENTRAL SHADED REGIONS REPRESENT _y_ v t s l / 0 TISSUE (BOTH EYES ARE v+ IN PHENOTYPE) Two of the 3 gynanders at 29°C were complete bilaterals. In both gynanders, both eyes were clearly vermilion in phenotype. tsl Thus, the y v /0 genotype retains its temperature-dependent mutant expression when combined with v /v tissue in the same fly. The third gyndander recovered at 29°C had mutant tissue confined to the head and, as expected, both eyes were clearly vermilion. -f* d 1 IV. Mapping of v _ . It was of interest to determine whether a ts allele of v tsl mapped at a distinct site within the v locus. Therefore, the v . i mutant was tested for recombination with v_ which maps in the left site of the v cistron and which maps in the right. The closely 2 linked flanking markers, ras (32.8) and m (36.I) were crossed on to t sl the v chromosome to permit an unequivocal ordering of the alleles. 2 tsl 1 2 tsl Crossing over was studied in ras v m/+ v + and ras v -JJ1/+ v 3 ^ + females. The second and third chromosome multiple in-versions, SM5 and TM2, were introduced into each heterozygous fe-male, since GREEN (1952) has shown that this increases recombina-tion within the v locus. The crosses employed to construct the stocks used in the recombination studies are shown in Figure 11. In step three, about 10-15 females and 20-30 males were crossed at 29°C and the parents transferred to fresh medium after 3 days. All cultures were maintained at 29°C and all F1 flies were scored for eye colour FIGURE 11 Crosses used for recombination tests between v t s l and v1 or V3 6 f. CN <J\ 1 ras2 v t s l m/ras2 v t s l m $ X +/Y  t §M5/Pm y 2 ras2 v t s l m/Y » SM5/+ i TM2/+ d* 3 ras2 v t s l m/+ v* + j SM5/+ j TM2/+ o * 1 36f v - refers to either v or vJ . /£b d* & v*/Y / X +/+ 5 SM5/Pm 1 TM2/Sb | v*/+ J SM5/+ i TM2/+ £ ras2 v t s l m/Y 5 +/+ » +/+ and wing phenotypes. Since it is known that double mutants for two v alleles are v in phenotype (GREEN 1952), only the wild type recombinant within the v_locus would be recognized. tsl 1 A total of 20,610 progeny of v /v females was scored and the results are reported in Table 7. It can be seen that v^ flies which were not recombinant for flanking markers were recovered and they will be discussed later. If these classes are omitted, the crossover interval between ras and m is 3 . 2 a value which is remarkably close to the standard map distance of 3.3% (LINDSLEY AND GRELL 1968). Recombinants within the v locus were recovered. The two O a 4»o1 crossovers were recovered as ras + + + /ras + v m females and were test crossed to ras2 m/Y males at 22° and 29°G. In both cases, offspring verified the assumed genotype and showed the ab-2 sence of a v allele on the ras + + chromosome. If it is assumed 1 tsl that the reciprocal crossover, + v_ v m, was generated with the 1 tsl same frequency, a recombination frequency between v_ and v of 4/20,610 is obtained. Thus, v^ is about 0.02 map units to the left 0f This recombination frequency between v^ and is higher than the frequency of about 2/30,000 found by GREEN (1954) for re-combination between and y^£» hut at these low frequencies, the numbers are not statistically different. A surprising result was the recovery of chromosomes carrying + 2 v but noncrossovers for flanking markers (the + + + and ras + m classes of Table 7. Their generation by normal crossing over would TABLE 7 Genotypes of progeny resulting from a testcross of ras2 v t s l m / + vi + females at 29°C. GLASS GENOTYPE MALES FEMALES TOTAL % CROSSOVERS IN ras2 - m INTERVAL NCO 2 ras •a-v m 4,880 4,750 9, 630 0 * + v_ + 5,219 5,017 10, \o CM 0 CO 2 ras # v + 151 154 305 1.48 * + V m 178 182 360 1.75 CO ras2 + + 0 2 2 0.02 ** + + • f 23 3k 57 [0.028] ras2 + 21 3 9 12 [0.06] TOTALS 10,452 10,158 20, 610 3.25 * ... tsl 1 v - either v or v_ 1 tsl ** - includes two unrecognized + v_ v m reciprocal chromosomes. *** . classes of uncertain origin. require double crossovers within a very short genetic interval of 3.3 units. While it could be suggested that interference within short genetic intervals is negative (SUZUKI, BAILLIE AND PARRY 1966) such a high frequency (2.1 x has never been recorded in Drosophila. 2 The origin of these wild type and ras + m flies by gene conversion is a possible alternative although the high frequency observed here is most unusual. The possibility that the wild type 2 tsl flies were the result of the occasional use of non-virgin ras v -m /+ v^ + females which had mated with a wild type sib (see Figure 11) was minimized by careful collection of the females at 10-12 hour intervals. Moreover, the wild type progeny were not recover-ed in clusters in certain bottles as might be expected if a female had not been virgin. They were picked up, either singly or in twos or threes, from bottles scattered amongst the 150 or so scored in the test cross, thereby indicating that individual events in indep-endent females gave rise to them. 2 The recovery of the other unusual class, the ras + m parent-als in female offspring, required fertilization by the appropriately 2 marked male. Finally, recovery of + + + and ras + m. male offspring regardless of paternal genotype proves the genuine genetic origin of the chromosomes. Each v^ male exception was individually test crossed to 3-5 ras2 v t s l m/ras2 v t s l m females at 22° and 29°C. Male and female progeny were scored for eye colour and wing phenotypes. Each wild a +• e 1 type female exception was mated with 3-5 ras v m/Y males at 22° and 29°C and male and female progeny again scored for eye colour and wing phenotypes. Of the 55 exceptional males and females tested, 7 were sterile and 48 yielded progeny verifying the original classification of genotype. 2 In the same way, the ras + m exceptional males and females were tested. Of the 3 exceptional males, only 1 was fertile and yielded wild type eye colour, miniature daughters. Thus, the one fertile male did not confirm its original classification. Four of o the 6 fertile ras + m female exceptions confirmed that they indeed carried a ras + m exceptional chromosome. Two females proved to be ras2 v t s l m /ras2 m in genotype. The reasons for misclassific-ation of the two females and the single male can only be conjecture. 2 The important point is that 4 of the ras + m chromosomes were veri-fied and must be reckoned as gene conversion-like events when con-sidered together with the confirmation of 48 of the 57 + + + chromo-somes recovered. Thus, the "parental wilds" appear to be genuine meiotic pro-ducts which are best explained by conversion events. The asymmetr-ical recovery of the two classes of parental wilds conforms to ob-servations made of gene conversion in-numerous fungi (HOLLIDAY 1964; MURRAY 1969; FOGEL, HURST AND MORTIMER 1970? HOLLIDAY AND WHITEHOUSE 1970), and at the ry locus of Drosophila melanogaster (CHOVNICK, BALLANTYNE AND HOLM 1971). Crossover tests were made between v*"3* and and the results are shown in Table 8. The crossover distance between p ras and m was calculated as a value very close to the standard value of 3»3» Incidentally, the standard crossover values obtained for both recombination tests indicate an absence of the frequently encountered interchromosomal effect on crossing 2 over in the ras - m interval in which heterologous rearrangements increase recombination frequency (LUCCHESI AND SUZUKI 1968). No crossovers between and v 3 ^ were recovered. While the relatively low number of flies scored (15,553)» does not rule out their possible position at different sites it is clear that v t s l maps very close to v 3 ^ and that both are unambiguously separ-1 able from, and to the right of v . A second point of interest arising out of the data of 2 Table 8 is the absence of the wild type and ras + m exceptions t si 1 found in the tests of v and v_. This may imply that the mechan-ism involved in the production of such exceptions is specific for tsl 1 the v - v_ combination, or at least is specific for a restricted tsl class of v alleles in combination with v . It is likely that the generation of the exceptions occurs only with alleles at genetic-1 tsl ally separable sites such as v_ and v . tsl V. Temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of v . tsl The effect of temperature on expression of v permits a determination of the developmental interval during which eye TABLE 8 Genotypes of progeny resulting from a testcross of ras2 v t s l m / + v 3 6 f + females at 29°C. fo CROSSOVERS IN CLASS GENOTYPE MALES FEMALES TOTAL ras2 - m INTERVAL NCO ras2 v* m 3,?85 + X* + 3,833 CO ras2 v* + 143 * + v _m 117 TOTALS 7,878 3,739 7,524 0 3,662 7,495 0 161 304 1.95 113 230 1.45 7,675 15,553 3.^ 0 * - either v t s l or v 3 6 f colour is affected by temperature. As previously described, at Q ij sl 29 C, v males exhibit a vermilion phenotype, whereas females have an intermediate but distinctively mutant phenotype. At 22°C, tsl v males and females are phenotypically similar and were consider-ed as wild type in the studies of the TSP. A similar temperature-sensitivity and difference in male-female phenotype was seen with the ras2 stock. At 29°C, such males are orange in eye colour, whereas females are "dilute rasp-berry". This dilute raspberry phenotype exhibited by 29°C - reared females is quite distinguishable from the uniform raspberry pheno-2 tsl type expressed by both males and females of the ras v stock raised at 22°C. The dilute raspberry eye colour is translucent, and the raspberry is diluted by an orange component. The rasp-berry eye colour of males and females of ras v grown at 22 C 2 is similar to ras and is light ruby. This phenotype does not vary 2 o 2 if ras males and females are grown at 29 C, indicating that ras exhibits no temperature-sensitivity at this temperature. 2 tsl The eye colour of both male and female ras v flies grown at 29°C is relatively stable with time in contrast to the rapid tsl o tsl darkening of eyes of v flies. Therefore, ras v flies were used in the shift studies since there was less ambiguity in scoring the eye phenotype. Nevertheless, flies shifted at the beginning or end of the TSP exhibited intermediate eye colours. A summary of the results derived from three independent shift-up (22° to 29°C) and shift-down (29° to 22°C) experiments is given in Tables 9 and 10. These data are plotted in Figure 12 to-gether with the approximate lengths of the developmental stages 2 tsl o o for the ras v stock when raised at 22 and 29 G respectively. The first shift-downs which yield some completely wild type adults occurred in culture 3 (females) and 4 (males) (Table 10). However, the number of mutant males and females rose sharply in cultures shifted down between 64 and 75 hours. Most flies in these cultures at this time were in the early to middle third larval in-star and this represents the start of the TSP. Note that this is long before any visible pigment production occurs in the prospect-ive eye cells (CL1NCY 1940). 2 tsl Thus, exposure of ras v flies to the restrictive tempera-ture during the early to middle third larval instar commits the adults to exhibit defective eye pigmentation, even though synthesis of the coloured compounds occurs in the pupae kept at 22°C. The transition from cultures yielding wild type or mutant-eyed individuals in the shifts-down is quite sharp. For example, culture number 4 differs in shift time from culture number 6 by only 11 hours yet has a 700 difference in the proporton of mutant eyes. This is exhibited graphically in Figure 12. The end of the TSP is defined by the first shift-up cultures in which a wild type phenotype occurs. This occurs in culture num-bers 12 and 13 (Table 9). Most individuals in these cultures, which had developed at 22°C for 144 and 168 hours respectively before shifting to 29°C, were late third instar larvae and early O 4- ev i TABLE 9 Eye phenotypes of ras v adults in cultures shifted from 22 C to 29°C at different successive intervals. NUMBER OF FLIES IN EACH PHENOTYPIC CLASS TIME OF SHIFT FEMALES MALES Culture number Culture age (hr) Developmental stage * ras2 1** Dilute-raspberry % ras2 I Orange % + 1 12 eggs 119 0 127 0 2 24 1(recently hatched) 127 0 141 0 3 36 1 75 0 122 0 4 48 l(some 11) 81 0 65 0 5 60 11 2 93 0 8 68 0 6 72 11(some 111) 4 87 0 6 81 0 7 84 111 3 12 51 1 10 66 1.3 8 96 111 1 9 64 1.4 5 12 79 5.3 9 108 111 8 14 70 8.7 8 3 48 13.2 10 120 111 5 34 49 5.7 2 28 73 2.1 11 132 111 15 49 27 16.5 11 60 41 9.8 12 144 lll(some P) 29 37 18 34.4 33 41 26 33.0 TABLE 9 continued NUMBER OF FLIES IN EACH PHENOTYPIC CLASS TIME OF SHIFT FEMALES MALES Culture number Culture age (hr) Developmental stage * ras2 Dilute-raspberry <f0 +*** ras2 I Orange * + 13 -168 P(some 111) 56 18 5 71.0 41 29 18 4 6 . 6 1 4 180 P 70 11 2 8 5 . 0 55 14 3 7 6 . 5 15 192 P 76 15 6 7 8 . ¥ 61 12 0 83.6 16 216 P 85 6 0 9 3 . ^ 72 10 0 8 7 . 8 17 240 P 52 0 0 100 59 1 0 98 18 264 P 26 1 0 96.3 37 0 0 100 19 Not ; shifted 22 0 0 100 25 0 0 100 Developmental stagei 1 = first instar larvae, 11 = second instar larvae, 111 = third instar larvae P = pupae 2 tsl I = intermediate phenotype between raspberry and the specific ras v phenotype for either sex at 29°C. For the calculation of the percent wild type phenotype with res-t si pect to v , these flies were included in the mutant class. tsl % + for each culture = percent of flies exhibiting wild type expression of v . TABLE 10 2 s 1 o Eye phenotypes of ras v adults in cultures shifted from 29 C to 22°C at different successive intervals. NUMBER OF FLIES IN EACH PHENOTYPIC CLASS TIME OF SHIFT FEMALES MALES Culture number Culture age (hr) Developmental stage 2 ras I Dilute-raspberry * + 2 ras I Orange % + 1 0 eggs 93 100 117 100 2 24 l(some 11) 76 100 89 100 3 48 11 151 3 99 164 100 4 64 111 65 15 2 79. 3 71 12 85. 5 5 72 111 49 16 84 32. 9 18 96 28. 3 6 75 111 12 49 83 8. 3 23 49 137 11. 8 7 96 111(some P) 3 41 126 1. 8 6 24 93 4. 9 8 108 P 0 9 112 0 0 10 98 0 9 120 P 0 3 56 0 0 2 75 0 10 144 P 0 0 89 0 0 0 80 0 11 Not shifted 0 0 37 0 0 0 34 0 pupae. However, the end of the TSP is not as well defined as the start (Figure 12). This probably reflects the greater asynchrony in developmental stage reached by individuals in these cultures at the time of shift-ups compared to the individuals in the earli-er shift-downs which delineate the start of the TSP. "tsl Thus, the phenocritical period' for v expression occurs from the mid-third instar period and extends into the early pupal stage. Interestingly, this period appears to be the same for males and females, despite the significant difference in expression of the v t s l phenotype in adult makes and females raised at 29°C. This is the earliest known temperature effect on pigment production. GRIG-LIATTI AND SUZUKI (1970) found a TSP for eye pigments in a ts allele o f £££ in the last half of the pupal period as did SCHWINK (1961, 19-62) for rosy. SURRARRER (1935) found a TSP in 20 - 25 hour pupae of mot - 28 and EPHRUSSI AND HEROLD (19^5) showed the TSP of to be in 40 - 48 hour pupae. C. ASSAYS OF TRYPTOPHAN PYRROLASE I. Spectrophotometrically determined standards of kynurenine and protein. (a) Kynurenine. The optical densities (OD) of successive dilut-ions of 0.14 mM standard kynurenine, subjected to the BRATTON AND MARSHALL (1939) determination, were measured at a wavelength of 560 mja in a GILFORD spectrophotometer. Tubes of each dilution were FIGURE 12 Determination of the temperature-sensitive period of v t s l in shift studies. DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES AT 29 °C (APPROX.) j EGG j I s t j 2 n d | 3 r d | PUPA j ADULT HOURS AT 29°C 0 20 50 100 150 200 HOURS AT 22°C I EGG I jit I 2 n d I I PUPA TadULT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES AT 22°C (APPROXJ set up in duplicate, read against a reagent blank and a mean OD recorded. The relationship between OD and kynurenine concentration is shown in Figure 13 and is linear to an OD of about 1. An OD change of 0.220 units is equivalent to 10 jaM kynurenine under these condi-tions. (b) Protein, Successive dilutions of a standard solution of crystalline bovine serum albumin were spectrophotometrically deter-mined by the LOWRY method and are plotted in Figure 14, Tubes of each dilution were set up in duplicate and read at 600 mju against a reagent blank. The relationship between protein concentration and OD is linear (Figure 14) with very good correlation within the protein limits employed. II. Reaction kinetics of tryptophan pyrrolase (TP). The progress of the reaction catalyzed by TP extracted from v* flies raised at 22°C was followed over a period of 5 hours under optimal assay conditions. Results of these determinations are shown in Table 11. The data of Table 11 were used to plot enzyme activity as a function of incubation time (Figure 15). At the start of the re-action, activity is not proportional to time and there is a slight lag. Thereafter, a typical linear relationship can be seen, there-by indicating a first-order enzyme reaction to approximately 3 hours. The reaction rate slows down after about 3 hours probably because of gradual inactivation of the enzyme since the substrate concentra-FIGURE 13 Relationship between concentration of kynurenine and optical density (OD) at 560 mja. A KYNURENINE (/xM) FIGURE 14 Relationship between concentration of protein and optical density (OD) at 600 mn. Ill tion remaining is still not a rate-limiting factor. The linearity of the reaction rate until at least 3 hours suggests that v+ TP is quite stable under these conditions of assay. Enzyme samples prepared in the same manner as wild type TP were obtained from v^3^ flies grown at 22° and 29°C. The time-t si activity relationship of TP from v strains was compared with that of v^ TP. Conditions were similar as for extracts of v^ TP except that 0.8 instead of 0.4 mis of the 29°C - reared v t s l TP extract was used. The doubling was necessary since the OD of the kynurenine produced in the latter case is near the limit of sensit-ivity of the assay for incubation times of less than 2 hours. Even then, accumulation of product does not vary significantly from con-trols until at least 60 minutes of incubation. The data obtained for these determinations are shown in Table 12 and plotted in Figure 15. Note that although the v flies were reared continuously at 22° or 29°C, all enzyme incuba-tions were carried out at 4l°C. The data on TP activity as a function of incubation time for both 22° - and 29°C - reared flies show greater deviation from linearity compared to v^ TP. However, accumulation of product in-creases approximately linearly as a function of incubation time be-tween 90 and 180 minutes in extracts of both 22° - and 29°C -raised flies. Q tsl. In the 22 C - grown v extracts, a greater lag period occurs before linear kinetics are attained and the reaction rate is at all TABLE 11 Variation in v^ TP activity as a function of time of incubation. Incubation 30 45 60 90 120 180 240 280 time (minutes at 416C) 0D of experi- 0.152 0.254 0.333.? 0.495 O.63I 0.941 I.238 1.270 mental tube 0D of control 0.016 0.019 0.022 0.015 0.019 0.011 0.028 0.020 tube Net 0D O.I36 0.235 0.311 0.480 0.612 0.930 0.210 0.250 Activity (wM *0.062 0.105 0.139 0.216 0.274 0.419 0.545 0.562 kynurenine per mil of solution per mJl of enzyme) Calculations of TP activity were made as follows : for example for 60 minutes incubation time, net 0D of the experimental tube was 0.311. From the kynurenine standard curve (Figure 13)» this is equivalent to 0.0139 uM kynurenine/ml. This is the amount of kynurenine present in 0.8 mis of a 3.2 ml TCA filtrate. There-fore in 3.2 ml of the TCA filtrate there are : 0.0139 x 3.2/0.8 juM kynurenine/ml. The 3.2 mis of TCA filtrate contains the total kynurenine released from 5 mM 1-tryptophan by 0.4 ml of enzyme extract. Hence, uM kynurenine/ml/ml enzyme extract/60 minutes incubation time = 0.0139 x 3.2/0.8 x 1.0/0.4 = 0.139 The TP activity in the other tubes was similarly calculated. t ol TABLE 12 Variation of TP activity from v flies with time of incubation. a) 22°C - RAISED FLIES Time of in- 30 45 60 90 120 180 240 300 cubation (minutes) Activity (juM 0.033 0.048 0.066 0.147 O.230 0.310 O.338 O.345 kynurenine/ nil/ml enzyme) mean of 2 de-terminations b) 29°C - RAISED FLIES Time of in- 60 90 120 180 240 300 cubation (minutes) Activity (juM 0.011 0.022 0.027 0.043 0.044 0.043 kynurenine/ mil/ml. enzyme) mean of 2 de-terminations FIGURE 15 Variation of enzyme activity with time of incubation. vO t ACTIVITY (/jlm K/ml per ml ENZYME) 0.5 0.4 0.3 30 60 90 TIME OF vtsl (22°C) TP — o - — O vtsl (29°C)TP "120 "780 240 300 INCUBATION (minutes) times reduced in comparison with v^ TP. The reaction rate of 22°C -tsl grown v enzyme also declines somewhat earlier than wild type TP t si (Figure 15). This could indicate that v TP has a reduced stab-ility when incubation is prolonged at 41°C. TP of 29 C - grown v flies has a reaction rate which is not strictly linear with time of incubation (Figure 15). As ex-pected from the eye phenotype, the reaction rate at all times of incubation is much reduced compared with either v^ or 22°C - grown +• Wl fql v TP. The catalytic activity of the TP produced by the v mutant therefore is considerably reduced when the mutant is grown at 29°C. By contrast, TP activity of 22°C - reared v t s l flies is near normal even when assayed at 4l°C. Clearly, the elevated temp-erature of incubation is not necessarily deleterious to enzyme activity. The accumulation of low levels of product over a two o s 1. hour incubation period in extracts of 29 C - reared v flies shows that some TP catalytic activity does remain under restrict-ive conditions. Enzyme activity as a function of enzyme concentration. Crude enzyme extracts from v^(22°C), vtsl(22°C) and v t s l (29 C) were assayed for JUM kynurenine/ml/2 hours of incubation in relation to increasing enzyme concentration. The data from these assays are shown in Table 13 and are plotted in Figure 16. Pro-portionality between TP activity and concentration essentially holds over the range 0.05 - 0.8 mis of v^ extract. The activity-+ q 1 r\ concentration relationship for TP from v (22 C) appears linear at all but the low enzyme concentrations (Table 13 and Figure 16), Consequently, in all further assays of TP from v t s l (22°C) flies, at least 0.4 ml of enzyme extract was used in a total assay volume of 2.0 mis to ensure proportionality in enzyme activity determinations. TP activity of v t s l (29°C) flies can also be seen in Table 13 and Figure 16. Between 0.4 and 0.8 ml of crude extract, TP activity was significantly lower than in extracts of v^81 (22°C) at the same concentrations. Below 0.4 ml, corresponding ODs are too close to the control values to allow detection of significant differences in enzyme activity. While the extract of (29°C) does not exhibit a strictly linear increase with increasing con-centration of enzyme, TP activity does increase. Since linear kinetics with enzyme concentration and time of incubation are important criteria of an enzyme catalyzed reaction, these two results are consistent with the suggestion that at 29°C, tsl the v mutant synthesizes an enzyme which has very low but resid-t si ual activity. An alternative interpretation is that the v mut-ant produces much less enzyme at 29°C than at 22°C but that what enzyme is made is kinetically, relatively normal. (These inter-pretations are elaborated on in the Discussion). tsl On the other hand the kinetics of TP activity from v O A (22 C) are almost normal when compared to v_ enzyme indicating that both the amount and the structure are not greatly different from wild type TP. TABLE 13 Tryptophan pyrrolase activity at different concentrations of enzyme extract. a) v+ TP mis of 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.70 0.80 enzyme extract Activity 0.015 0.031 0.056 O.O83 0.123 0.145 0.171 O.I96 0.228 (mean of 2 deter-minations) b) v t s l (22°C)TP mis of 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.70 0.80 enzyme extract Activity 0.007 0.020 0.042 0.071 0.093 0.118 O.I39 O.I65 0.182 (mean of 2 deter-minations) c) v t s l (29°C)TP mis of 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.70 0.80 enzyme extract Activity 0.011 0.014 0.018 0.026 0.032 (mean of 2 deter-minations) Figure 16 Tryptophan pyrrolase activity at different concentrations of enzyme extract. TIVITY M K / /2 hrs) 0.06 h 0.04 h 0.021-0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 mis of ENZYME Substrate effect and Michaelis-Menten Coustants (Kms) + tsl Crude enzyme preparations from v_ and v flies raised at 22°C were used to determine the effect of varying substrate con-centration on enzyme activity thereby providing optimal substrate concentrations and Kms for the enzymes from the two genotypes. The standard reaction system was used in each case except that the final reaction mixture concentration of 1-tryptophan varied between 0.05 -0.8 mM as indicated in Table Ik. For v^ enzyme, 0.4 ml of enzyme extract was added to the standard reaction system and duplicates at each substrate concentration were established. Each tube was in-cubated for 2 hours at 41°C. Kynurenine formation was estimated in aliquots of the TCA supernatant as usual. Two determinations were made at each substrate concentration with separately prepared and assayed enzyme. The mean of these two determinations at each substrate concentration is shown in Table lk. Figure 17 records TP activity in uM kynurenine/ml/g flies/2 hours as a function of substrate concentration in mM and shows that TP activi-ty increases rapidly as substrate concentration is increased and peaks at about 7 mM 1-tryptophan. An approximate rectangular hyper-bola, typical of simple enzyme-substrate reactions, is obtained. The optimal substrate concentration is 5-7 mM 1-tryptophan which is simi-lar to previous determinations of this parameter (MARZLUF 1965; TAR-TOF 19695 BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). When the reciprocal of the substrate concentration in moles TABLE 14 Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on .i. tryptophan pyrrolase activity in v_ extracts. mis of 20 mM 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.70 0.80 1-tryptophan 1-tryptophan 0.5 1.0 2.0 final concen-tration ,' ' (mM) 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 OD560(mean 0.180 0.320 0.451 0.530 0.601 0.621 0.638 0.641 0.640 of 2 deter-minations) Activity (juM O.O32 0.057 0.082 0.095 0.108 0.111 0.114 0.115 0.115 kynurenine/ml /2 hours) Specific 0.240 0.429 0.612 0.714 0.807 0.834 0.858 0.862 0.862 activity (uM kynurenine/ml /g flies/2 hours) is plotted against the reciprocal of the velocity of the reaction measured as juM kynurenine/ml/2 hours of incubation (Table 15) (LINE-WEAVER - BURK 193k), a straight line provides the best fit (Figure 18). The line cuts the x axis at -l/Km of -640 M thereby providing an estimated Km for v^ TP of I.56 x lcT^ m. This value corresponds closely to the value of 1,53 x 10~3 M reported by TARTOF (1969) but is somewhat higher than the 1 x 10" ^ M reported by MARZLUF (1965). The intercept on the y axis gives a theoretical maximum velocity (Vmax) of 1.10 wM kynurenine/ml/g flies/2 hours. tsl A similar analysis was carried out for TP activity of v (22°C) flies (Table 16, Figure 17). As can be seen from the Fig-ure, the relationship between substrate concentration and TP activ-ity is similar to that of the v^ enzyme except that the activity of the vfcsl(22°C) enzyme is lower than v^ enzyme at all substrate con-centrations. The optimal substrate concentration is 5-7 mM 1-trypto-phan, again similar to v^ TP. From the LINEWEAVER-BURK regression plot (Figure 18), the Km for TP extracted from 22°C - grown v t s l flies is approximately 1.74 x 10"^ M which indicates only slightly less affinity for substrate than v^ TP. The Vmax of the vtsl(22°C) TP reaction is obtained from the y axis intercept of Figure 18 and is 0.750 juM kynurenine/ml/g/2 hours. This is about 78% of v^ Vmax indicating that the rate of breakdown of the v^3l(22°C) TP - sub-strate complex is only slightly retarded compared with v^ TP. The effect of varying substrate concentration on TP activity of 29°C - reared v t s l flies was determined using the standard assay TABLE 15 Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis of substrate effect on v^ tryptophan pyrrolase activity. Substrate 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.70 0.80 concentration (mM) Reciprocal of 2000 1000 500 333 250 200 167 143 125 substrate con-centration (1/s in M) Velocity 0.032 0.057 0.082 0.095 0.108 0.111 0.114 0.115 0.115 kynurenine/ml /2 hours) Reciprocal '3I.3 17.5 12.2 10.5 9.3 9.0 8.8 8.7 8.7 of velocity (l/v in ixM kynurenine/ ml/2 hours) TABLE 16 Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on. . tryptophan pyrrolase activity in 22 C - grown v enzyme extracts and Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis. 1-tryptophan 0.5 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 (mM) OD560 (mean 0.101 0.206 0.312 0.357 0.402 0.422 0.433 0.4'27 0.422 of 2 deter-minations) Activity (juM 0.018 0.037 0.056 0.064 0.071 0.076 0.078 0.077 0.076 kynurenine/ ml/2 hours) Specific 0.138 0.279 0.420 0.480 0.532 0.570 O.585 O.577 0.570 activity (juM kynurenine/ ml/g flies/ 2 hours) 1/S (M) 2000 1000 jr.500; 333 250 200 I67 143 125 l/v(juM 5^.3 26.9 17.9 15.6 14.1 13.2 12.6 12.9 13.2 kynurenine/ ml/2 hours) TABLE 17 Effect of varying 1-tryptophan concentration on, . tryptophan pyrrolase activity in 29 C - grown v enzyme extracts and Lineweaver-Burk regression analysis. 1-tryptophan 1,0 2,0 3.0 4,0 5,0 6,0 7,0 8,0 (mM) OD560(mean 0.106 0.162 0.207 0.214 0.246 0.233 0.228 0,215 of 2 deter-minations) Activity (juM 0.0120 0.0180 0.0234 0.0240 0.0275 0.0260 0.0250 0.0240 kynurenine/ ml/ 2 hours) Specific 0.048 0.054, O.O69 0,072 0,083 0,078 0.075 0,072 activity(juM kynurenine/ ml/g flies 2 hours 1/S (M) • 1000 500 333 250 200 167 143 125 1/v (uM 85.5 53 41,7 36.4 38.5 40 41,7 kynurenine/ ml/2 hours) FIGURE 17 Tryptophan pyrrolase activity as a function of substrate concentration. CT> CN TP ACTIVITY 0.6 {/jlM  K/ ml/ g/2  hrs) 0.4 L-v^ ; (CRUDE ENZYME) <3 O Vtsl-22°C(CRUDE ENZYME) Vtsl-29°C(CRUDE ENZYME) o -J L 5 6 7 8 CONCENTRATION (mM) FIGURE 18 Lineweaver-Burk regression plots, l/v 90-70-(/xM K/ml/ml ENZYME/ 50 2 hrs) 30 10 -600 - 400 -200 v t s l (29° C) vtsl (22°C) 600 800 1000 1200 1400 l/S (M) procedure except that 0,8 ml of enzyme was used in each eaction tube and 1.6 mis of TCA supernatant were analyzed for kynurenine content. Both of these modifications increase the OD range obtain-ed for this enzyme preparation. The results of these determinations are given in Table 17 and plotted in Figure 17. It can be seen that TP activity increases gradually with increasing substrate concentra-tion and peaks at an optimal substrate concentration of about 5 mM 1-tryptophan. The plot is not a rectangular hyperbola character-istic of the relationship between enzyme activity and substrate con-centration of both v^ and vtsl(22°C) TP. This reflects the very low activities detectable and is suggestive of an alteration in the en-zyme-substrate relationship such that TP from 29°C - reared flies has less affinity for substrate than the enzyme from 22°C - raised v t s l flies. The LINEWEAVER-BURK linear regression treatment of these data (Table 17) is plotted in Figure 18 and indicates a difference in Km of the 29°C - grown v^ '1" enzyme compared with either v^ TP or o tsl. 22 C - grown v TP. From the x axis intercept of Figure 18 the Km value for vtsl(29°C) TP is approximately 2.3 x 10"%, a value significantly greater than that determined for v^ TP (1.56 x 10""%) and vtsl(22°C) TP (1.78 x 10~3M). This suggests that the enzyme from the v t s l mutant grown at 29°C has considerably less affinity for substrate than do the enzymes from the other two sources. This indicates that v^s:L (29°C) TP possibly has tertiary or quaternary structural differences resulting in a less efficient catalytic re-action compared to the wild type or v (22 C) enzymes. The Vmax for vtsl(29°C) TP, calculated from the y axis inter-cept of Figure 18, is equivalent to an activity of 0.12 juM k y n u r e -nine/ml/g flies/2 hours of incubation, which is about 10$ of wild type TP. This shows that the rate of breakdown of the enzyme-+ tsl substrate complex is severely retarded compared to both v__ and v (22°C) TP. This is usually thought to be due to an alteration in the structure of the catalytic site of the enzyme (DIXON AND WEBB 1964). Partial purification procedure and specific activities of TP derived from v^ and v t s l flies raised at 22° and 29°C. + tsl TP was partially purified from v__ and v stocks in orderi (i) to carry out a more precise comparison of enzyme activities between them} (ii) to establish whether the enzyme derived from 29 C - raised v flies could be concentrated by a procedure which does purify for the activity of v^ enzyme; and (iii) to analyze temperature effects on the enzymes derived from the three sources. The crude enzyme preparations from the three sources were subjected to ammonium sulfate fractionation as outlined in the Materials and Methods. Protein measurements of crude and partially purified preparations were made so that specific activities could be obtained. The steps in the purification procedure for v^ enzyme and the results obtained with a given initial weight of flies are given to illustrate the methods involved in obtaining the puri-fication data shown in Table 19. Different experiments varied only in that the initial weight of flies differed in each case. (i) 5.3 g of / females and males were collected. There-fore, the volume of homogenizing buffer for a 1»5 weight to volume ratio was 26.5 mis. (ii) After homogenization, centrifugation and filtration, the volume of crude supernatant was 15.7 mis (5*3 g dry weight of flies is equivalent to 15.7 mis of crude enzyme extract). (iii) The supernatant was recentrifuged at 48,000 x g for an additional 30 minutes. After filtration, the supernatant volume was 12.6 mis. (iv) Cold, saturated ammonium sulfate was added dropwise to bring the crude enzyme extract to kZ% saturation, 9.1 mis of saturated ammonium sulfate solution were required. The total volume of the preparation was then 21.7 mis. (v) The preparation was centrifuged at 30,000 x g for 10 minutes and the supernatant was collected by filtering through a Whatman No. 4 filter paper. The filtrate volume was then 13.6 mis. (vi) Addition of 21.6 mis of saturated ammonium sulfate to the supernatant increased the concentration of ammonium sul-fate to 59$. The preparation was centrifuged at 30,000 x g for 10 minutes, the pellet retained and dissolved in 1/6 of the initial homogenizing buffer volume (=4.4 mis). The protein content of the crude homogenate was assayed in duplicates of 0.1 and 0.2 ml of a 1»10 dilution of the fraction. Similarly, protein contents of the ammonium sulfate fractions were assayed in duplicates of 0.1 and 0.2 ml of a Is20 dilution of the material precipitating between 40 and 60% ammonium sulfate satura-tion. Results of both of these determinations are presented in Table 18. As can be seen in the Table, ammonium sulfate fraction-ation results in a net increase in the amount of protein/ml of the fraction (18 mg protein/ml compared to 12 mg protein/ml in the crude extract). Similar preparations of vtsl(22°C) TP and vtsl(29°C) TP were made and their protein contents determined. In each case the protein content was approximately the same as the equivalent v + fraction. As shown by the purification data in Table 19, ammonium sul-fate fractionation increases the specific activity of v^ TP 2 - 3 fold (0.053 units compared to 0.024 units). tsl Similar preparations were made of TP extracted from v flies grown at both 22° and 29°C, and they were assayed under the same conditions as for v^ enzyme. The results of these determina-tions are indicated in Table 20. The TP enzymes from both 22° - and 29°C - raised v t s l flies also were concentrated by ammonium sulfate fractionation, slightly more so in the case of v (29°C) TP. Since similar preparations of enzymes from all three sources yielded similar amounts of protein TABLE 18 Protein contents of v TP fractions. a) mis of crude extract 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0D600 0.242 0.240 0.478 0.481 jig protein 123 120 240 242 mean mg protein/ml of crude extract 12 b) mis of 40-60% ammonium 0.1 sulfate fraction 0.1 0.2 0.2 0D600 0.180 0.178 O.362 0.359 »ig protein 90 88 180 178 mean mg protein/ml of fraction 18 * This was calculated as followst Average ug protein/0.1 ml crude extract = 121.5. Therefore, in 1.0 ml of a lilO dilution there are 1215 jug/ml, and in the original crude homogenate there are 12,150 tf g/pr otein/ml or approximately 12 mg/ml. Mean mg protein/ml of ammonium sulfate fraction was similarly calculated. TABLE 19 Purification of v^ tryptophan pyrrolase. TP ACTIVITY (UM KYNURE-NINE/ml/ml SPECIFIC ENZYME/2 VOLUME mg PROTEIN TOTAL ACTIVITY HOURS (ml) PER ml ACTIVITY (PER mg PROT.) CRUDE EXTRACT 0.288* 15 12 4-32 0.024 40-60% AMMONIUM 0.957 4 18 3.83 0.053 SULFATE FRACTION * Activity was calculated as in the following examples 0.2 and 0.4 mis of enzyme extract were assayed in the standard reaction mixture with normal controls. For 0.2 ml of enzyme extract, the OD of 0.8 ml of a 3.2 ml TCA supernatant was 0.348 and the OD of the TCA control was 0.028. Therefore, net OD was 0.320, which is equivalent to 0.0143 uM kynurenine/ml/2 hours. Hence, in 3»2 ml supernatant there are 0.0143 x 3.2/0.8 uM kynurenine/ml/2 hours. This is equivalent to the kynurenine released by 0.2 ml of enzyme extract. Therefore, the kyn-urenine released by 1.0 ml of enzyme is 0.0143 x 3.2/0.8 x 1/0.2 = 0.286 juM kynurenine/ml/ml enzyme/2 hours. Similarly, 0.4 ml of en-zyme released kynurenine calculated as 0.290 uM kynurenine/ml/ml enzyme/2 hours. Therefore, mean activity is 0.288 uM kynurenine/ml/ ml enzyme/2 hours. Now, 1.0 ml of enzyme is equivalent to 1/3 g of flies and contains 12 mg protein/ml therefore, specific activity is 0.864 juM kynurenine/ml/g flies/2 hours or 0.024 units/mg protein. The activity and specific activity of the ammonium sulfate fraction were similarly calculated. TABLE 20 Purification of vtsl(22° and 29°C) tryptophan pyrrolase. . TP ACTIVITY SPECIFIC (pM/ML/ML ACTIVITY ENZYME/2 VOLUME MG PROTEIN TOTAL (PER MG HRS.) (MLS) /ML ACTIVITY PROT.) i) CRUDE EXTRACT a) vtsl(22°C) 0.230 20 12.5 4.6 0.0184 b) vtsl(29°C) 0.031 16 12.0 0.5 0.0026 ii) 40-60% AMMONIUM SULFATE FRACTION a) vtsl(22°C) 0.778 19 3.9 0.0410 b) vtSl(29°C) O.O69 18 0.3 0.004 in all fractions assayed (Tables 18 and 20), differences in enzyme activities between them are not due to differences in protein contents per se. Thus, measurements of enzyme activities on a dry weight of flies basis, permit valid comparisons of TP activities between these different strains. Since ammonium sulfate fractionation concentrates the activities of both vtsl(22°C) TP and vtsl(29°C) TP (Table 20), this supports the contention that the mutant makes an enzyme which is approximately normal if grown at 22°C but which is catalytically deficient if grown at 29°C. Therefore, the catalytic deficiency could be due to a structural alteration in tryptophan pyrrolase "tsl n synthesized by v at 29 C or it could result from the synthesis of a reduced amount of normal TP at 29°C. Temperature effects on TP activity in v+.vtsl(220C) and vtsl(29°C) flies. (a) v^ TPi The effect of varying incubation temperature on TP activity was studied with crude preparations of the enzyme. Results of these studies are shown in Table 21. Means of deter-minations made in 2 tests are plotted in Figure 19. The data show that the reaction rate increases to 4l°C after which it declines. This decline may indicate that the enzyme loses stability at these higher temperatures over a 2 hour incubation period. The data of Table 21 were used to construct an Arrhenius plot to establish the energy of activation for the v^ enzyme. 'TABLE 21 Effect of temperature of incubation on vf TP activity and Arrhenius plot values. TEMPERATURE ( G) 2 2o 2 5o 3 Qo 3 5o 3 ?o ^o 4 5o 5 Qo 5 5O ACTIVITY (juM KYNURENINE/G /2 HOURS) o.221 0.271 0.394 0.572 0.706 O.865 0.784 0.623 0.410 ARRHENIUS PLOT VALUES T (ABSOLUTE TEMgERATURE 295 298 303 308 310 314 318 323 328 1/T x 10^  339 336 330 325 323 318 314 310 305 v(|uM KYNUR-ENINE/ML/G /2 HOURS) 0.221 0.271 0.394 0.572 0.706 O.865 0.784 0.623 0.410 L0G10v 1.3444 1.4330 1.5955 1.7574 1.8488 1.9370 1.8943 1.7938 1.6128 The Arrhenius equation relating a velocity constant K to the absolute temperature of incubation (T) is given by: 2.3 log K = B - Ea/RT where: log K = log1Q of velocity constant B = constant R = gas constant (1.98 cal/mole/degree) Ea = energy of activation in cal/mole The values obtained for the Arrhenius plot are given in Table 21 and the plot of the absolute temperature against the log of the activity is seen in Figure 20. The plot for v^ TP gives a straight line of best fit with an inflection point at a temperature corresponding to 4l°C. The inflection point separates a zone where increasing temperature results in increasing enzyme activity from a zone where increasing temperature results in gradual inactivation of the enzyme. The slope of the line describing the increasing activity with increasing temperature is given by Ea/2.3R so that, Ea = slope x 2.3 x 1,98 cal/mole = 0.3000/10 x 10"*-5 x 2.3 x 1.98 cal/mole = 13,660 cal/mole This value corresponds reasonably well with the value of 12,800 cal/mole determined by MARZLUF (1965). (b) ytsl(22°C) TP: Thermal effects on the catalytic activ-<2 1 r\ ity of TP in v flies reared at 22 C were measured in a similar fashion. These results and the Arrhenius plot values of three parallel experiments using independently prepared and assayed vtsl(22°C) TP are seen in Table 22. The Arrhenius values are plotted in Figure 20. It is clear that more variability exists in this case compared to v^ enzyme. However, the data permit the following general conclusions to be drawm (i) Optimal TP activity in vtsl(22°C) flies is more dependent on a limited temperature range in comparison with vl TP (in which good activity is recovered in the range 3O0-50°C). TP activity of 22°C - reared v t s l flies falls off at an increased rate at high temperatures compared with v^ TP. However, the optimal temperature for vtsl(22°C) TP activity is 4l°C which is the same as v^ TP showing that the former enzyme is not signif-icantly different in thermal properties to the wild type enzyme. (ii) The variability in assays of vtsl(22°C) TP activity with increasing incubation temperature results in an Arrhenius plot which is not a particularly satisfactory straight line. However, assessing the slope from the line of best fit as drawn, provides the following data for an energy of activation determination: Ea = slope x 2.3 x I.98 cal/mole = 0.3000/7.5 x 105 x 2.3 x 1.98 cal/mole = 18,220 cal/mole Thus, an apparent increase in the en&rgy of activation is obtained compared with v + TP. (c) ytsl(290C)TP: Owing to the low level of TP activity in 29°C - reared v^31 flies, thermal effects on this enzyme were determined using 0.4 ml of ammonium sulfate fractionated enzyme TABLE 22 Effect of temperature of incubation on vtsl(22°C) TP activity. TEMPEgATURE ( c ) 22° 25° 27° 30° 35° 37° ^5° 50 ACTIVITY (pM KYNURENINE/ML /G/2 HOURS) o(i) 0.024 0.083 0.126 0.168 0.398 0.467 0.676 O.525 0.086 (ii) 0.061 0.142 0.178 0.226 0.464 0.575 0.731 0.641 0.130 (iii) 0.041 0.123 0.175 0.200 0.455 0.548 0.750 0.544 0.102 MEAN 0.042 0.116 0.166 0.198 0.439 0.530 0.719 0.570 0.106 ARRHENIUS PLOT VALUES T (ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE K) . 295 298 300 303 308 310 314 318 323 l/T X 105 339 336 333 330 325 323 318 31^ 310 L0G10 V 2.6232 1.0645 1.2068 1.2967 1.6427 1.7243 1.8567 1.7559 1.0253 TABLE 23 Effect of temperature of incubation on vtsl(29°C) TP activity. TEMPERATURE 27 30° 35° v 37° ~7 41° 45° 50( (°C) ACTIVITY (juM KYNURENINE/ ML/G/ 2 HOURS (i) 0.030 0.106 0.153 0.188 0.202 0.107 0.111 (ii) 0.056K, 0.132 0.169 0.198 0.214 O.I33 0.023 MEAN 0.042 0.119 0.161 0.193 0.208 0.120 0.017 ARRHENIUS PLOT VALUES T (ABSOLUTE 300 303 .308 310 314 318 323 TEMPERATURE K) 1/T x 105 333 330 325 323 318 314 310 LOG10 V 2.6233 1:0755  1.2068 1.2856 1.3181 1.0792 2.2305 FIGURE 19 Effect of temperature of incubation on tryptophan pyrrolase activity of v^, v^sl(22°C - raised) and vtsl(29°C - raised) flies. VO FIGURE 20 Arrhenius plots for vtsl(22°C -^raised) and vtsl(29°C - raised) TPs. LOG|0v 0.20 0.00 1.80k 1.60 1.40 1.20 1.00 2.80 2.60 N. 300 305 310 v + TP • \ v t s , ( 22°C)T I vtsl (29°C)TP j i 330 335 340 under standard reaction conditions except that the incubation temperature ranged from 27° to 50°C. Results of two separate determinations at each temperature with independently prepared and assayed ammonium sulfate fractions are indicated in Table 23. The relationship between enzyme activity and temperature of incubation is not readily analysable (Figure 19). Activity in-creases with increasing incubation temperature and maximum TP activity again occurs at 41°C. However, the peak is not as de-fined as with v^ and vtsl(22°C) TPs, probably reflecting the very low enzyme activities recovered. Although activity falls off more rapdily above 4l°C compared with v^ and vtsl(22°C)TP, the differ-ence is not pronounced, suggesting only slightly increased thermo-lability at higher temperatures. The Arrhenius plot values, given in Table 23>'are graphed in Figure 20 and do not yield a satisfactory straight line of 4* o 1 r\ best fit. Calculations of the energy of activation of v (29 C) TP based on these data therefore are provisional at best. Using the tabulated values rather than the graphical version, the energy of activation is about 17>000 cal/mole, elevated from that obtained for v± enzyme (13,660 cal/mole) but in the range of that calculated for vtsl(22°C) TP (18,200 cal/mole). The enzymes from.all three sources appear to have an optimal in vitro incubation temperature range of 37°- 4l°C. Above that, in-activation of the enzymes occur during a 2 hour incubation. This inactivation appears to be more severe with (29°G)TP, but is only slightly greater with vtsl(22°C)TP compared with v^ TP. Thus, tsl the temperature-sensitivity of the v allele cannot be attributed to a significant increase in thermolability of TP at least under these in vitro conditions. III. Comparison of TP activities in various strains of Drosophila melanogaster. Dosage compensation at the enzyme level (males with one dose 4- + of v_ have at least as much TP activity as females with two v_ doses) has already been reported by TARTOF (1969); TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS^ 1971} and BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971). These results + tsl have been repeated for v_ and extended to include v and v defici-ency heterozygotes with a view to clarifying the nature of the phen-omenon. In addition, the relationship between the visible eye colour phenotype and TP activity could be determined. Various genotypes involving v_, v_, v , v and Df(l)v ^ were constructed and males and females, where appropriate, were assayed for TP activity. Wild type dosage compensation. Males and females of the Oregon-R wild type strain were grown at 22° and 29°C, collected separately and crude enzyme preparations made of each in identical manner. Assays of TP activity were performed under the standard reaction conditions and activities were determined in uM kynurenine/ml/g flies/2 hours of incubation at 4l°C. The results are shown in Table 24 with the number of separate determinations shown in parenthesis after each activity value. The activities obtained from homogenates made from equal weights of wild type males and females grown at 22° and 29°C res-pectively, were designated as 100% TP activity for comparison of TP activities from wild type males and females alone. These data indicate that little difference in TP activity results from growing wild type flies (males or females) at 22° or 29°C. There is only a slight reduction in enzyme activities in enzyme preparations from all wild type sources if the flies are grown at 29° rather than 22°C. Dosage compensation at the enzyme level in which males with one dose of the v^ gene have at least the TP activity of their homozygous sibs, irrespective of whether the flies are grown at 22° or 29°C, clearly exists. In fact, in agreement with the data of TARTOF (1969); TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS'.- (1971); and BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971), the males are consistently slightly higher in TP activity than the females, indicating some overcompensation of enzyme activity. Similar dosage compensation has been observed with other en-zymes controlled by sex linked loci in Drosophila melanogaster such as glucose - 6 - phosphate, dehydrogenase and 6 - phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (STEELE, YOUNG AND CHILDS 1969; SEECOF, KAPLAN AND FUTCH 1969; for a review of this subject see LUCCHESI 1973). Comparative studies were conducted on the enzyme produced tsl by the v mutant and the results obtained paralleled the re-versal of dosage compensation seen at the phenotypic level in 29°C ---reared v t s l flies. Crude enzyme extracts of 22° and 29°C - reared v 5^"1- males s and females, were obtained. Assays of TP activity of these ex-tracts, as well as enzyme homogenates made from equal weights of tsl v males and females, were performed under the same conditions as for the equivalent wild type studies. The results are shown in Table 25» where the percent of wild type activity is based on the results of Table 24, from which the activities of v^ males and females grown at 22° and 29°C respectively, are taken as 100% TP activity. The data of Table 25 reveal some interesting aspects of the tsl effect of^ the v mutation on TP activity in males and females: 4" c« 1' (i) When grown at 22 C, v males have a slight but reproducible tsl increase in TP activity compared to v females grown and assayed under the same conditions. This overcompensation parallels the situation found in the wild type strain; (ii) remarkably, this tsl dosage compensation in enzyme activity is reversed if the v strain is raised at 29°C; the hemizygous males now have consider-ably less TP activity than their homozygous sibs (5% of 29°C wild type activity compared with 17% in the females). Thus, the males with one dose of the v u o mutation have significantly less TP TABLE 24 TP activities in males and females of Oregon-R wild type strain. TP ACTIVITIES AND DEVIATIONS FROM THE MEAN OF FLIES GROWN AT A GIVEN TEMPERATURE PERCENT OF WILD TYPE ACTIVITY AT A GIVEN TEMPERATURE 22°C 29°C 22°C 29°C WILD TYPE MALES AND FEMALES 0.861 + 0.03(3)' 0.852 t 0.03(2) 100 100 WILD TYPE 0.920 + 0.04(2) 0.895 t 0.03(2) 107 105 MALES WILD TYPE 0.810 t 0.02(2) 0.808 t 0.03(2) " 94 94 FEMALES * Numbers in parentheses indicate number of independently prepared and assayed determinations. tsl activity than the females with two doses of y , an effect which is correlated with the marked visible difference seen in the eye phenotypesj when grown at 29°C, the males are much more vermilion-like than the females. To further investigate these effects, heterozygotes for a j. +si vermilion deficiency and either v_ or v were generated and raised at both 22° and 29°C. The results of enzyme assays on these heterozygotes are shown in Table 26. Only one determination at each temperature was made with these stocks. As seen in Table 26, the activity of females heterozygous for a deficiency of the v locus is approximately half that of normal wild type females, irrespective of the temperature at which the flies are grown. This result might be expected if the TP activity of females is a simple addition of the activities contributed by each v^ allele. Such an interpretation has been advanced by TOB-LER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS (1971) and BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971)» to account for similar results obtained for_y/+ and Df(l)v/+ females. The Dfy^Vv^8* females, raised at 22°C, are decidedly vermil-ion in phenotype (although distinguishable from v_ homozygotes) and have a TP activity of 0.1Jk uM kynurenine/ml/g flies/2 hours of in-iL . cubation. This is much lower than the value in v /Y(22 C) males of O.667 units, even though both genotypes have the same single 4-el dose of the v allele. Thus, there would seem to be factors, tsl other than a simple dosage of the v allele, involved in the con-trol of TP activity in vtsl/Y(22°C) males and/or PfvL3/vtsl females. TABLE 25 t si TP activites in v males and females raised at 22° and 29°C. TP ACTIVITIES AND DEVIATIONS FROM THE MEAN OF FLIES GROWN AT A GIVEN TEMPERATURE PERCENT OF WILD TYPE ACTIVITY AT A GIVEN TEMPERATURE 22°C 29°C 22°C 29°C. v t s l MALES AND FEMALES (EQUAL WEIGHTS) 0.645 t 0.04(3) 0.091 t 0.001(3) 75 10.5 v t s l MALES 0.667 t 0.03(2) 0.042 1 0.01(2) 78 v t s l FEMALES 0.593 - 0.03(2) 0.145 + 0.02(2) 70 17 TABLE 26 TP activities in vermilion deficiency heterozygotes. TP ACTIVITIES IN FEMALES PER CENT WILD TYPE ACTIVITY RAISED AT A GIVEN TEMPER- AT A GIVEN TEMPERATURE ATURE . . . GENOTYPE 22°C 29°C 22°C 29°C Df(l)vL3A 0.439 0.458 51 54 Df(l)vL3A- 0.134 0.047 15.5 5.6 t si These results are compatible with a dosage compensation mechan-ism in which the amount of activity of a locus is dependent on dosage of several or entire X chromosome regions rather than the locus itself. However, as will be presented in the Discussion other considerations make the latter possibility quite plausible as well. When grown at 29°C, the TP activity of Pfv LVv t s l females drops + c? 1 to a value closely approximating that obtained with v /Y males of about 5 - 6$ of the equivalent wild type TP activity obtained at this temperature (Table 24.) This result suggests a greater j. 4 4. 4* ni thermolability of TP in v males compared to v /v females. 4" e* i T 4- e* 1 Phenotypes of v /Y males and Dfv 7v females are quite indist-inguishable if both are raised at 29°C. Measurements of TP activities in v strains. The TP activities in males and females of the v_ strain and Of females of the attached-X strain, C(l)RM,v f/Y, were determined under the same conditions of enzyme preparation and assay as for wild type except that in the assay, 0.8 ml of enzyme extract was used in each incubation mixture and kynurenine was determined in 1.6 ml of TCA filtrate instead of 0.8 ml. Both of these changes were made to bring the 0D readings into recordable range. As shown in Table 27, all v strains tested, whether raised at 22° or 29°C, had negligible TP activities in accordance with results obtained for these and other v strains by SAGLIONI (1959, I960); KAUFMAN (1962); MARZLUF (1965)S and TARTOF (1969). All TP activities shown in Table 27 are less than 1% of the equivalent v^ activities grown at either 22° or 29°C, TABLE 27 TP activities in v strains raised at 22° and 29°C, TP ACTIVITY (uM KYNURENINE/ML/G FLIES/2 HOURS OF INCUBATION 22°C 29°C GENOTYPE (MEAN + DEVIATION (MEAN + DEVIATION FROM MEAN) FROM MEAN) f/Y FEMALES v^ MALES 0.007 t 0.004(2) 0.006 + 0.003(2) AND FEM-ALES EQUAL WEIGHTS) v^ MALES 0.005 ± 0.003(2) 0.005 t 0.003(2) v1 FEMALES 0.006 + 0.003(2) 0.007 t 0.002(2) C(l)RM,v0f 0.005 t 0.003(2) 0.006 (1) DISCUSSION The initial object of this investigation was to recover a ts mutation in a gene which controls the activity of a known and ass-ayable enzyme. In addition to providing a method for determining the molecular nature of temperature-sensitivity, the mutant enzyme can be used as a biochemical marker to follow development. The studies performed in this project fell into three main categories t (i) The induction and recovery of ts v mutations by muta-genesis and genetic screening; (ii) The phenogenetics of a ts v mutation for comparison with the known genetic and developmental properties of the v locus; (iii) A biochemical analysis of the properties of tryptophan pyrrolase (TP), the enzyme known to be controlled by the v locus. These three aspects will be discussed separately, and then integrated into a model explaining the phenotypic and molecular expression of the v locus. I. Induction and recovery of v mutations The potent DNA alkylating agent, EMS, which was used to induce v mutations in the present study, is known to induce missense ts mutations in prokaryotes (KREIG 1963). It has been assumed that EMS also induces a preponderance of missense ts mutations in Drosophila (SUZUKI 1970). FRISTROM (1970) has argued, however, that ts mutations may be mainly of a deletion type change. Al-though direct evidence on this point (such as amino acid changes in a protein specified by an EMS-induced mutation,or reversion studies) is lacking, the available indirect evidence argues against FRISTROM*s position. Thus, the majority of EMS-induced mutations in Drosophila, whether lethal or visible, conditional or nonconditional, domin-ant or recessive, behave as single site point mutations in mapping and complementation studies (SUZUKI 1970). Furthermore, very few EMS-induced lethal mutations are associated with chromosomal re-arrangements or deletions (LIM AND SNYDER 1968), although in a recent study, an EMS-induced, non-ts behavioural mutant, wob has been shown to result from a translocation involving the X, second and third chromosomes (GRIGLIATTI, KAUFMAN AND SUZUKI 1973). How-ever, none of several hundred EMS-induced ts lethals analyzed has been found to carry a rearrangement (SUZUKI 1970; TASAKA AND SUZUKI 1973). This contrasts with the finding that of 10 -ray-induced ts lethal mutations, 3 were found to be associated with X - autosome translocations (KAUFMAN AND SUZUKI 197*0. The recovery of a ts allele of v with its known effect on tryptophan pyrrolase provides the potential for clarifying the nature of temperature-sensitivity. Recently, MULLER-HILL (unpub-lished observations) has shown that temperature-sensitivity of a mut-ant for alcohol dehydrogenase results from thermalability of the enzyme in vitro. In the screening for v mutations, the precise frequency of induction of v mutations could not be calculated because the total number of chromosomes tested was not counted, the primary object being the recovery of a ts mutation. Nevertheless, it can be pointed out that cytogenetic analysis shows the v locus to be located in salivary chromosome band 10A1-2 (GREEN 1952; LEFEVRE I969) which is one of the largest of all X chromosome bands (LE-FEVRE 1969) and is heavily compacted, darkly staining and rich in DNA (RUDKIN 1965). By these criteria, the v locus daould present a good target for mutation by EMS if, as LEFEVRE (1967) points out, the amount of DNA available for breakage and induced mutation in a given region of the gametic X chromosome is in direct proportion to the amount of DNA in the corresponding portion of the salivary gland X chromosome (based on data of KAUFMAN 19^6, and LEFEVRE 1967). Indeed, LINDSLEY AND GRELL (1968) list 5 spontaneous and 7 induced v point mutations and GREEN (1952) tested 6 spontaneous and 16 induced v mutations, several of which are additional alleles. More recently, LEFEVRE (1967) recovered 26 v mutations from the progeny of irradiated males. In the present study, 33 v mutations were recovered from the progeny of 13,000 EMS - treated males, thereby demonstrating that the v locus is indeed highly mutable. Significantly, only two of the v mutations obtained in this study exhibited temperature-sensitivity. Additionally, none of the representative sample of previously derived v alleles was temperature-sensitive (Table 4). Thus the paucity of ts v muta-tions recovered in these screens is probably a real reflection of the very low frequency of their occurrence. This may not be sur-prising in view of the fact that only three mutable sites, separable by crossing over, have been found in the v locus (BAILLIE AND CHOV-NICK 1971t SCHALET 1971). These results contrast strikingly with WRIGHT'S (1968) report of 3 ts alleles of lethal myospheroid among 1500 mutagenized chromosomes and the high propertion of ts alleles of Y chromosome loci (KEISS AND KAUFMAN - unpublished). Newly-induced v mutations were detected in females heterozygous for v or a deletion of the locus. One ts allele was recovered in each screen and neither complemented with v point mutants nor was lethal in hemi- or homozygotes. As only deletions for the v locus appear to be lethal (LEFEVRE 1969), we assume that the two v^s muta-tions are indeed point mutants, tsl ts2 Both v and v are phenotypically "leaky" at the restrict-ive temperature, that is the mutations do not result in a total loss of v^ function. This property is typical of many ts mutations recovered in Drosophila (SUZUKI 1970) and probably reflects a partial rather than a complete loss of function of a thermolabile gene prod-uct. Since was far less leaky at 29°C than v^s2, it was select-ed for further investigation. t s II. Phenogenetics of v and v mutations. ts The phenogenetic and biochemical studies of v and v muta-tions were predicated on the assumption that the v locus is, or contains, the structural gene for TP. The most compelling evidence for a locus being the structural gene for a particular enzyme is that electrophoretic variants map at the locus. In the absence of technique for distinguishing v mutations by variation in electrophoretic mobility of TP, indirect evidence has been obtained which strongly suggests that v is indeed the structural gene for TP. Repeatedly it has been shown that mutation at the v locus causes a specific loss in TP activity in constrast with other mutations, such as cn and st which similarly produce a bright-red colour but which result in elevated TP activities (BAGLIONI 1959, I960; GLASSMAN 1965; TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN 196,8). Reciprocal transplantation studies indicate that cn and st control distally sequential steps to that controlled by v in the metabolic pathway leading to brown eye pigment formation (BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI 1936, 1937; WAGNER AND MITCHELL 1955) and therefore their elevated TP activities could result from the accumulation of kynurenine due to the metabolic blocks distal to v. This demonstrates that the v locus controls TP activity. TARTOF (1969) has shown that in suppressed vj^  flies, a TP is synthesized which is kinetically different to wild type and other suppressed vf TPs. This is probably due to an alteration in the v structure of the TP controlled by v_, since su(s) mutations, by themselves, do not cause any change in the activity or kinetics of wild type TP. BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) clearly demonstrated that a linear increase in TP activity is a direct function of increase in the dosage of v^ alleles, supporting the contention that each v^ allele codes the information required for a unit of TP activity. Finally, the interactions of the enzymes controlled by the g various v_ alleles with mutations at the su(s) locus, strongly suggest that the extent of restoration of TP activity is dependent upon specific changes in TP structure directed by the particular vf allele (TARTOF I969J JACOBSON 1971; TWARDZICK, GRELL AND JACOB-SON 1971). As wasGshown in the REVIEW, the v cistron is probably simple in organization, consisting of just the linear array of nucleotides necessary to encode a TP subunit. Therefore, all v mutations probably represent changes in the nucleotide sequence of the structural gene which give rise to equivalent amino acid changes in the TP subunit. This hypothesis is compatible with the mapping and complementation properties and, as will be discussed later, correlates with the structure of active TP. t s Since the two v mutations recovered in this investigation differ phenotypically, and their complementation properties and the mapping of vtslshow that they are point mutations within the v cistron, they probably represent different missense mutations in the v structural gene which effect different thermo-sensitive changes in the conformational properties of TP resulting in a reduction in enzyme activity at the restrictive temperature, tsl ts2 In both v and v , growth at the permissive temperature results in an approximately normal v^ phenotype suggesting that the amount and the structure of TP synthesized at this tempera-ture are normal. It would seem unlikely that v mutations would affect the rate of synthesis of TP at one temperature and not at tsl t s2 another so it is unlikely that v or v are mutations in reg-ulatory elements. Biochemical evidence, to be presented subsequ-t si ently, concerning the effect of the v mutation on the propert-ies of TP, supports this hypothesis, + si Suppressibility of v 2 s The extensive analyses of su(s) - v_ interactions have established that only spontaneous v alleles are suppressible, whereas some spontaneous and all induced v mutations are un-suppressible (GREEN 1952; MARZLUF 1965; TARTOF 1969). The known molecular basis of the mechanism of suppression of vf[ alleles by su(s) mutations implicates variation in the changes in structure of TP directed by vf and v^ alleles as the most probable cause of this distinction. Thus, alleles invariably have negligible TP activity, whereas some enzyme activity can be recovered from certain v mutants under partial starvation or substrate-adapted conditions (RIZKI 1966; BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). Therefore, v£ mutations might result in lesions in the TP enzyme which are not essential to catalytic activity under suppressed conditions, whereas v^ mutations could cause either an irreversible change in a part of the enzyme necessary for activity or, conceivably, could control the synthesis of a greatly reduced amount of enzyme which would then provide insignificant activity under any metabolic conditions. tsl In the present study, v , a chemically induced mutation, was shown to be unsuppressed by su(s) (Figure 7). Since v is a leaky v mutation, both phfenotypically and enzymatically, this suggests that suppressibility. does not depend on the amount of residual TP activity available, but rather on the structural basis of the inactivity. Mapping of v The vermilion alleles have been the subject of fine-structure recombinationsstudies (GREEN 1952, 195^ ! BARISH AND FOX 1956; LE-FEVRE 1971? SCHALET 1971)t and a summary of the map of the locus is presented in Figure 1. At least three sites have been separated by crossing over, with the majority of the mutants so far local-ized "falling into two distinct regions. The spontaneous, suppress-1 2 k ible mutations v_, v_ and v_ are located in the lefthand site of the cistron and have not been separated from the induced, unsupp-48a fi^o ressible mutation v _. The induced mutation v J and the spontane-ous, unsuppressible allele occupy the righthand site of the cistron. The middle site is represented by only one allele F1 v , which is EMS-induced and unsuppressible. In this investigation, the EMS-induced, unsuppressible, ts tsl 1 allele, v , was shown to map to the right of v_ (2 recombin-ants in 20,610 chromosomes) but did not recombine with v 3 ^ in a tsl / ?6f sample of 15»553 progeny of v / v ^ heterozygotes. Thus, map position within the v cistron is not strictly correlated either with suppressibility or mode of origin of the allele. An unexpected result arising from the intracistronic mapping tsl of v was the recovery of confirmed exceptional chromosomes from 2 I ras v m /+ v_ + heterozygotes which were absent from the progeny of ras2 v t s l m /+ v2f£ + heterozygotes (Tables 7 and 8). Out of 2 i . g 4 4 20,610 chromosomes sampled from the ras v m /+ v_ + females, 48 confirmed + + + and 4 confirmed ras + m chromosomes were recover-ed, In both cases, generation of these chromosomes by conventional crossing over requires a double crossover within the very short genetic interval between ras (32.8) and m (36,1), Disregarding interference, the expected frequency of such double crossovers is approximately 6 x 10**^ , far lower than the frequency (2 x 10"^) with which the exceptions were recovered. Thus, it would seem un-likely that within such a short genetic interval, double crossovers could generate the required frequency of recombinant chromosomes without postulating abnormally high negative interference. A more likely explanation for the production of these exception-al chromosomes is a conversion-type event, although this too has the difficulty of reconciling the known low frequencies of such events in Drosophila with the high frequencies found here. In an intensive study of possible conversion events at the rosy (ry) locus, CHOVNICK, BALLANTYNE AND HOLM (1971) found the frequencies of these events to be of the order of 4 - 21 x 10~^, depending on the particular ry alleles tested. In known conversion events in Neurospora, MURRAY (1965) has found that of two mutants within a locus, one is converted to wild type more frequently than the other. In the present study this tsl 1 non-reciprocality was demonstrated. Thus, v converted v_ to wild type (resulting in the 48 + + + exceptional chromosomes) at tsl 1 a much higher frequency than v was converted to wild type by v 2 (resulting in the 4 ras + + m chromosomes). Although this is suggestive of conversion, a definitive demonstration that it occurs at the v locus will depend on repeating the experiments described here, using an attached-X chromosome in which both chromosomes are marked with diagnostic flanking markers, so that it can be shown that the reciprocal double mutant chromosomes do not occur, a nec-essary condition for true conversion events. Another possibility for the relatively frequent production 2 "tsl X of exceptional chromosomes from ras v m /+ v + heterozygotes tsl is that some unknown property of the v mutant may be involved. The present studies provide no evidence for this possibility unless the high frequency itself is indicative of something novel. Since it is normally accepted that the closer together two mutants are in a cistron, the more likely negative interference and/or conversion-type events occur (CHOVNICK, BALLANTYNE AND HOLM 1971), it was surprising that no exceptional chromosomes 2 "fc s1 were recovered from the ras v m / + v^ + females. The lack of recombination between and found in this experi-ment probably indicates that v^ is more closely linked to v 1 than is v_, and therefore exceptions generated, either by high negative interference or conversion, might be expected to occur tsl 1 with at least the frequency found in the v - v_ recombination experiment. As this did not occur, the reason for the high 2 frequency of wild type and ras - m exceptions found from ras -"fc s 1 1 v m / + v_ + females remains obscure. tsl Developmental nonautonomy of v The developmental nonautonomy of v mutations in which geno-typically v eye tissue is modified to express a v^ phenotype by the presence of v^ tissue, has been extensively documented (STURT-EVANT 1932; BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI 1936, 1937; SHAPARD i960), and has been attributed to the production of a diffusible substance by v^ tissue which is transferred to developing v eyes and con-verts their phenotype to wild type (BEADLE AND EPHRUSSI 1936). t s 1 In the present investigation, v was shown to be non-"fc S1 "f* "fc s 1. autonomous in y v /v : y v /0 gynanders at both the permiss-t si ive and restrictive temperatures for the v mutation. Thus, both eyes of all 7 gynanders recovered at 22°C and of the 2 gynanders recovered at 29°c were wild type even though one eye and a varying proportion of the bodies of all 9 gynanders were genotypically % v^f^/O. This clearly demonstrates that is completely nonautonomous and recessive to v+. x ^ 4 x J In all 6 % r2_Vvi « 1 gynanders recovered at 22 C, i both eyes were wild type indicating that v_ is nonautonomous and tsl recessive to v at the permissive temperature for the latter. That is.,to say, at 22°C v*^1 behaves like v^ in gynanders, pro-ducing a diffusible substance which can convert a genotypically ^ » - ^ S l l v eye to v_. At 22 C, % v /v flies have a vermilion index of 1.5 (Table 4), that is, are nearly vermilion. However, in tsl combination with contralateral % v /0 tissue this is altered to an index of 4.5 (or virtually wild type). This shows that the tsl tsl activity of v in a single dose greatly exceeds v activity when it is carried in an X/X zygote. This is a striking demon-stration that the compensatory mechanism for sex-linked gene dosage is either increased activity in single X-bearing flies or reduced activity in X/X flies. i.—'i 4- «-* i Both eyes of all 3 v : v /0 gynanders recovered at 29°C were clearly vermilion, demonstrating that the temperature-tsl sensitive expression of v is unaltered in a gynander. Temperature-sensitive period (TSP) of The developmental interval during which a change in culture temperature elicits an alteration in the eye colour phenotype tsl of v was shown to commence in the early to middle third-instar larva and to end in the early pupa (Figure 12). The most common interpretation of the molecular "basis of a TSP in Drosophila is that this period represents the time in development during which the gene product controlled by a ts gene must be biologically active to allow normal development of a wild type adult fly (SUZUKI 1970). In the absence of a directly analyz-able gene product of a ts locus whose developmental fluxes in activity have been followed, this conclusion has been based on a variety of phenotypic and developmental studies of many ts muta-tions whose indirect affects on tissue, tissue products or organs are amenable to analysis (GRIGLIATTI AND SUZUKI 1970; TARASOFF AND SUZUKI 1971; FOSTER AND SUZUKI 1971i GRIGLIATTI, SUZUKI AND WILLIAM-SON 1972; P00DRY, HALL AND SUZUKI 1973). tsl The gene product of v , that is TP, is known. This provides a potential probe for determining the relationships between the actual period in development when this product is synthesized, the period when it is catalytically active, and the TSP based on the eye colour phenotype. Although this investigation was not directly con-cerned with these relationships, some temporal correlations between 4- c-i the TSP found for v 0 by phenotypic studies, the ontogenetic varia-tion in TP activity and the time of brown pigment deposition in the developing eye, warrant attention. KAUFMAN (1962) has shown that TP activity, assayed in the whole organism, is detectable from the second instar larva through to the adult. The level of TP activity increases as development proceeds from the second instar larva and reaches a pre-adult maxi— mum in early pupae of 6 - day culture age at 25°C. RIZKI (1968) was able to detect the autofluorescence charact-eristic of kynurenine, for a defined period only, in the fat body of the third instar larva. This period of kynurenine accumulation begins at about 6 - 8 hours after the commencement of the third instar and appears to decline towards the end of this instar. According to the data of KAUFMAN (1962), TP activity rises approxi-mately four-fold between the end of the second instar and the end of the third instar. Thus, this rapid increase in TP activity approximately coincides with the period during which accumulation of kynurenine, the product of TP activity, is occurring in the fat body. tsl The TSP determined for the v mutation, starts during the early to middle third instar and appears to end during the early pupal period. Therefore, the TSP approximately corresponds to both the time in development during which there is a rapid increase in the activity of the enzyme controlled by the v locus and to the accumulation of the product of the enzyme reaction in the fat body cells in which TP appears to be synthesized and is active (RIZKI 1963, 1966, 1968). Moreover, this same period in development is critical for the induction of TP activity and kynurenine accumula-tion in v^ larvae either by partial starvation (GREEN 1952) or by addition of substrate (tryptophan) to the medium (RIZKI 1966). This is at least circumstantial evidence that the TSP for tsl v corresponds to the developmental period during which the enzyme controlled by the locus is biologically active. Alter-natively, the evidence that the TP formed at 22°C is no longer thermolabile could suggest that the TSP defines translational changes. The suggestion that there is a temporal correlation between tsl the TSP for v and increase in TP activity makes no prediction as to the time during which transcription occurs nor when the enzyme is synthesized. It could be synthesized in advance of the TSP and remain catalytically inactive until metabolic or genetic conditions trigger its activity, or it could be synthesized just prior to the TSP. One approach to determining the correlation between TP synthesis and activity would be to compare the time at which cross-reacting material specific for TP protein is first obtainable from the fat body with the time at which maximum increase in TP specific activity occurs in isolated fat bodies. Unfortunate-ly, as yet the preparation of TP from Drosophila apparently does not result in a sufficiently pure enzyme to elicit specific anti-bodies against it in mammals (MARZLUF 1965; EZELL - personal commun-ication) . Brown pigment first appears in the developing eye about 48 -50 hours after puparium formation in cultures grown at 25°C (CLANCY 1940; ZIEGLER I96I; PHILLIPS, FORREST AND KULKARNI 1973). This is long after the end of the TSP of v t s l (Figure 12) and shows that the TSP is not correlated with brown pigment deposition in the eye. tsl III. Biochemical analysis of v tsl In this investigation it was shown that the v mutation markedly reduces the catalytic activity of the TP synthesized by v flies raised at 29 C. This conclusion is based on the great decrease in enzyme reaction rate when TP, extracted from 29°C -tsl raised v flies, is assayed under reaction conditions which were shown to be optimal for TP extracted from v^ flies [ v^(29°C) TP]. Thus, when both enzymes are assayed at an incubation temperature of 4l°C for 5 hours, the rate of accumulation of the product (kynurenine) of the enzyme reaction is far slower at all times tsl and declines at an earlier time with the TP of v flies raised at 29°C [ vtsl(29°C) TP] (Tables 11 and 12, Figure 15). tsl By contrast, the reaction rate of TP extracted from v flies raised at 22°C [ vtsl(22°C) TP ] is only slightly slower than v^ TP and does not decline after 3 hours of incubation at 41°C like vtsl(29°C) TP (Table 12 and Figure 15). The data indicate that vtsl(29°C) TP has a reduced stability if incubated at a temperature which is optimal for both v^ and v (22 C) TP. The accumulation of product over the period in-tsl cubated indicates that v flies do, in fact, synthesize TP if raised at 29°C but this enzyme is catalytically defective. The similar kinetics exhibited by v^ TP and vtsl(22°C) TP with respect to the release of product over a 5 hour incubation period at an optimal in vitro temperature, demonstrates that the latter enzyme is virtually normal catalytically and has stability similar to wild type in vitro. The relationship between time of incubation and reaction rate for both v^ and (22°C)TP is quite linear up to 3 hours which shows that these enzymes have extraordinarily good in vitro stability in comparison with many other enzymes (DIXON AND WEBB 1964). For both v^ and vbs"1"(220C) enzymes there was only a slight lag at the start of the incubation period (Figure 15) during which accumulation of product was not linear with time in comparison with the more extensive departure from linearity in the first 3° minutes of incubation observed for v^ enzyme by BAILLIE AND CHOV-NICK (1971) with essentially the same assay conditions. BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK attributed this lag period to the presence of endo-genous inhibitors such as pteridines and allopurinol both of which have been shown to act as in vitro inhibitors of TP activity and are present in crude Drosophila extracts (GHOSH AND FORREST 196?; BECKING AND JOHNSON 1967). These inhibitors can be removed from the enzyme extracts by Norit treatment prior to enzyme homogeniza-tion (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971; present study). + c* 1 r\ The conclusion that v (29 C) is catalytically deficient is also supported by the results of the effects of increasing enzyme concentration on enzyme activity (Table 13 and Figure 16). The relationship is essentially linear for both v^ and vtsl(22°C) TP presumably because increasing the enzyme concentration increases the number of normal catalytic sites available to the excess of *f* CS 1 f) substrate. By contrast, although the v (29 C) TP activity does increase with increasing e.nyzme concentration, the relation-ship is not strictly linear (Figure 16) suggesting that the sub-strate binding properties of this enzyme are defective. These data do not differentiate between possible molecular explanations. If synthesized at 29°C and subsequently assayed for activity at 41 C, v TP could undergo temperature-dependent conformational changes which interfere with enzyme-t substrate binding. An alternative possibility is that the v mutation reduces the amount of normal enzyme synthesized by the v locus at 29°C. However, this latter suggestion is less likely since it would be expected that linear kinetics would then occur as structurally normal enzyme is made. A more direct approach to the possible difference between and vtsl(22°C) TP, and vtsl(29°C) TP in their enzyme-substrate interactions, is the effect of varying substrate concentration on the enzyme reaction rate. Increasing the substrate concen-tration first increases the reaction rate of v^ TP in an approxi-mately linear manner and then the rate slows down so that the relationship is described by a rectangular hyperbola (Figure 17). This indicates that the active sites of the enzyme are increasing-ly saturated with substrate with first-order kinetics until, at a substrate concentration of between 5 and 7 mM 1-tryptophan, com-plete saturation of the enzyme occurs and zero-order kinetics prevail. The Km of 1.56 x 1 0 M found for v^ TP is consistent with the values of 1.53 x 10~3 M reported by TARTOF (1969) and 1.48 x 10~3 M recorded by BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) and is about three times the value found for rat liver (KNOX AND MEHLER 1950) and Pseudomonas (POILLON, MAENO, KOIKE AND FEIGELSON I969) TPs. The Drosophila v^ TP activity is therefore quite low in compari-son with rat liver and tryptophan-adapted Pseudomonas TP. MARZLUF (1965) has calculated that if the turnover number of the enzyme is about the same for the different organisms* then the specific activity of the crude enzyme extracted form Pseudomonas is at least 500 times that of the Drosophila enzyme. In Drosophila, TP activity has been measured in extracts from the whole organism, whereas specific tissue and cells have been assayed for enzyme activity in rat liver and Pseudomonas respectively. If fat bodies of third instar larvae of Drosophila were assayed, the TP specific activity undoubtedly would be con-siderably higher than in whole organism extracts. The vtsl(22°C) TP shows similar kinetics to v^ TP with in-creasing substrate concentration and the activity peaks at about 5mM 1-tryptophan showing that the enzyme is saturated with sub-strate at about the same substrate concentration as is v^ TP (Figure 17). The Km of vtsl(22°C) TP is slightly elevated, (1.74 x 10"3 M), compared to v^ TP but this relatively small increase probably reflects only slightly less affinity for sub-strate. However, the v (29 C) TP demonstrates a marked change in the kinetics of the enzyme-substrate relationship, The reaction rate increases only very gradually with increasing substrate concentration and exhibits non-linear kinetics (Figure 17). The reaction rate peaks at about the same substrate concentration as for the v ' and vtsl(22°C) enzymes but because zero-order kinetics, in which reaction rate is independent of substrate concentration, are not attained it is uncertain whether the enzyme has been saturated with substrate. The Km for vtsl(29°C) TP based on these data is higher (2.4 x 10~3 M) than for either v^ or v"tsl(22°C) TP. Km is a direct measure of the rate of formation of the enzyme-substrate complex and significant increases in its value are usually interpreted as resulting from a structural alteration in the enzyme which reduces the efficiency of the binding of substrate to enzyme (DIXON AND WEBB 1964). Therefore, the increase in Km of *fc s 1 o v (29 C) TP suggests that the mutation results either directly in an altered substrate binding site or it could cause conform-ational changes in the enzyme synthesized at 29°C which indirectly lowers the efficiency of enzyme-substrate binding. The maximum initial velocity (Vmax) attained by vtsl(22°G) TP is 78% of v^ TP, whereas for vtsl(29 C) TP, it is only 10%, indic-ating that the rate of breakdown of the E-S complex is significant-i.. A ly slower with the v (29 C) enzyme. This very low Vmax value could be due to a decreased E-S complex concentration or to its slower breakdown into free enzyme and product. The very low activities recovered from v (29 C) TP therefore would appear to be based on altered kinetic prop-erties of the enzyme which are contingent on changes in structure of the enzyme, rather than on a reduction in the amount of funct-ionally normal enzyme synthesized at 29°C. _L _ A It is possible that v (29 C) TP might be more susceptible than vtsl(22°G) or v^ TP to the effect of a small molecular weight in vivo inhibitor such as Cu++, or the -SH group inhibitors, hydroxylamine and sodium azide all of which have been shown to inhibit / TP in vitro (MARZLUF 1965). However, if this were the case, ammonium sulfate fractionation would be expected to remove the inhibitors and therefore result in a relatively greater in-crease in v (29 C) TP. specific activity compared with v^ or "t si o v (22 C) TP. This, in fact, did not occur. Ammonium sulfate fractionation resulted in a similar two to three fold increase in the specific activities of the enzymes from the three sources over their respective specific activities in crude preparations (Tables 19 and 20). t si The defect in TP caused by the v mutation therefore appears not to be in a site vital for catalytic activity such as the active centre or cofactor binding, otherwise the activity and kinetic properties of the enzyme synthesized at 22°C might be ex-pected to be more affected. Since the amount of enzyme synthesized by the v mutant appears to be approximately normal at 22°C and it is unlikely that a regulatory mutation would reduce the amount of enzyme at 29°C but not at 22°C, the most likely primary lesion tsl caused by the v mutation is missense substitution of an amino acid which affects the conformational properties of the enzyme if it is synthesized at 29°C. The proposed conformational change in the enzyme formed at 29°C would then be indirectly responsible for the catalytic deficiency and altered kinetic properties of vtsl(29°C) TP assayed in vitro at 41 °C. The critical question is j, _ <j _ whether this proposed conformational change in v (29 C) TP reduces enzyme activity by making the enzyme more thermolabile or by making formation of an active enzyme, perhaps by cofactor-mediated aggregation of identical subunits, more difficult. Temperature-sensitive phenotypes in procaryotes have been shown to result from increased heat lability of enzyme directed by missense mutations in their structural genes which impose conform-ational changes in the tertiary or quaternary structures of the enzymes (JOCKUSCH 1964, 1966; WITTMAN, WITTMAN-LIEBOLD AND JAUREGUI-ADELL 1965). In the present study, an increase in incubation temperature from 22°C to 4l°C for the in vitro assay of v^ TP led to a four-fold increase in its activity (Table 21 and Figure 19). The in vitro v + TP activity peaks at 4l°C, a temperature which is higher them the normal biological temperatures encountered by wild type Drosophila and certainly much higher than the laboratory tempera-ture of 22°C at which this inbred line is maintained. Indeed, at culture temperatures above 29°C, viability of Drosophila strains is severely affected (PARSONS 1973; present study). Nevertheless, in all previous in vitro assays of v_ TP an optimal incubation temperature of at least 37°C has been established (BAGLIONI i960, KAUFMAN 1962, MARZLUF 1965, TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN I967, TARTOF 1969, BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971, TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONDS 1971) and temperatures in this range are commonly employed to obtain maximum in vitro activity from many different Drosophila enzymes (GRELL 1962, GLASSMAN 1965, CHOVNICK et al. 1967, 1969, MacINTYRE AND 0*BRIEN 1969). While it could be argued that optimal in vitro assay tempera-tures have dubious significance  for  the in vivo situation since they represent a balance between the accelerating effect  of  in-creasing temperatures on the rate of  the enzyme reaction and their effect  on the rate of  destruction of  the enzyme protein, nonetheless at least for  the v locus there are consistent correlations between the in vivo effects  of  various v mutations, rearrangements and heterozygotes as determined by variations in the v phenotype at normal culture temperatures, and their corresponding TP activities measured at higher in vitro temperatures. The su(s)2 y 3 ^ geno-type, for  example, is vermilion in phenotype at a culture tempera-ture of  25°C and its TP activity at an assay temperature of  37°C p V is just of wild type, whereas the phenotype of su(s) v is clearly wild type at 25°C and its TP activity is 21% of wild type at an assay temperature of 37°C (TARTOF 1969). In assays of  TP, a progressive decline in activity occurred as the incubation temperature was increased above 4l°C (Figure 19)» probably because the enzyme becomes unstable and J. _ A gradually denatures. In comparable assays of  v (22 C) TP, a similar rise in enzyme activity occurred between 22°C and 41°C, thereafter  declining more rapidly than v^  TP with increasing incubation temperature (Table 22 and Figure 19). These results tsl demonstrate that the enzyme extracted from  v flies  raised at 22°C is not thermolabile at any in vitro assay temperature below 41°C and suggest that only slightly increased thermolability occurs above 4l°C. tsl Interestingly, the ammonium sulfate  fractionated  v (29 C) TP showed an approximate two-fold  increase in activity between 22°G and 4l°C. While the rise in activity did not parallel that found  for  the other two enzymes, the maximum enzyme activity was again close to 41°C (Table 23 and Figure 19), although there was no distinctive peak at this temperature as was determined for  the v^  and vbsl(220C) enzymes. The activity of  v (29 C) TP declines rapidly at incubation temperatures higher than 4l°C and is almost zero at 50°C, a temperature at which both v^  and (22°C) TP still show appreciable activity (Figure 19). However, since the ytsl(29°C) TP has only a fraction of  the activity of  either v^  or vfcs l(22°C) TP at any temperature of  incubation, the rapid decline in activity of v (29 C) TP above 4l°C is probably insignificant  since it does not represent a greater proportional decrease than that of  the other two enzymes. The key finding  in these results is that vtsl(29°C) TP is no more thermolabile in an in vitro assay system than either v^  or v^sl(220C) TP since it demonstrates very low activity at an incubation temperature of  22°C which is increased, rather than decreased, when the incubation temperature is raised through 29°C to kl°C, At an in vivo temperature of  29°C the enzyme is tsl obviously defective  because the v flies  raised at this temp-tsl erature exhibit a v phenotype, hence the TP of  v flies  raised at 29°C is probably already structurally and catalytically defici-ent before  extraction and assay at any temperature is begun. In-creasing the temperature of  incubation would then simply increase the rate of  the enzyme reaction by:providing more energy for enzyme-substrate formation,  however deficient  this might be with v^s^ (29°C) TP, and increasing its rate of  breakdown into free  en-zyme and product, thereby apparently increasing enzyme activity until a temperature is reached at which destruction of the enzyme begins to outweigh the thermodynamic effect  of increasing temperature. Since the effect  of  increasing incubation J. ~ A • temperature on v (22 C) TP in vitro activity is approximately similar, in proportion, then it could be surmised that the primary tsl tsl effect  of  the v mutation, which must be the same in both v (22°C) and vtsl(29°C) TP, causes a permanent loss of  TP function if  the enzyme is synthesized at 29°C, whereas at 22°C it is only partial. The primary lesion produced by v t s l therefore  most likely effects  conformational  changes either in the aggregated enzyme itself,  or in the inactive monomers which are then prevented from forming  an active multimeric aggregate at 29°C, but which result in only slight malfunction  in the enzyme if  it is synthesized at 22°C. Thus, t'he TP synthesized at 22°C is not temperature-sensitive at an in vitro temperature of  29°C although synthesis and subsequent activity of  the enzyme at an in vivo temperature of  29°C are impaired. Measurement of  the activation energies (Ea) of  the reactions catalyzed by the v^ , vtsl(22°C) and v tsl(290C) enzymes reveal that different  amounts of  energy are required to form  an activated enzyme-substrate complex in the three cases. The Ea for  v^  TP is 13,660 cal/mole determined for vtsl(22°C) and v t s l (29°C) TPs. (Tables 21, 22 and 23 and Figure 20). The Arrhenius plots for  all 3 enzymes demonstrate discontinuity of  slopes and in each case approximate to two straight lines meeting at inflection  points separating a zone of  enzyme activation by increasing temperature form  a zone of  inactivation of  the proteins by heat (Figure 20). The increase in Ea for  the vtsl(22°C) and vtsl(29°C) TPs implies that these activated E-S complexes require more energy to form than the v^  E-S complex. This is usually interpreted as result-ing from  a structural change in the enzyme (DIXON AND WEBB 1964). The data do not reveal any distinctive difference  in Ea between vtsl(22°C) and-:vtsl(29°C) TP, although this should be regarded as "ts 1 o provisional since the low levels of activity of v (29 C) TP give disproportionately large fluctuations  in the slope of  the Arrhenius plot, hence the measurement of  the Ea of  this enzyme is very approximate using this method. Apart from this measurement, the v (29 C) TP is consist-ently different in kinetic parameters to "both v^ and vtsl(22°C) TPs, whereas only slight variations generally occur between the latter two enzymes. Together with the consistently low TP activities obtained from 29 C - raised v flies under any in - - • tsl" vitro conditions, this means that the mutational effects of v possibly are associated with an irreversible alteration in the structure of the enzyme formed during development at 29°C. This interpretation makes no commitment as to the precise nature of the structural alteration in the TP enzyme controlled by the Q 1 A v mutation at 29 C5 indeed both catalytic and regulatory (allosteric) sites in the enzyme could be affected by a conform-ational change produced by a single amino acid substitution in the TP protein. In microorganisms, direct correlations have been found between phenotypic temperature-sensitivity at a restrictive temperature and a loss in activity of the protein product at the same in vitro temperature. The best analyzed ts mutations in microorganisms have been the Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coat protein mutations, in which single amino acid replacements in the protein render it directly heat labile by causing conform-ational changes which denature the protein at a given tempera-ture (JOCKUSCH 1966). The advanced techniques for selecting ts mutations and purifying  coat proteins in TMV, enabled JOCKUSCH to directly measure the rates of  denaturation of  purified  TMV coat proteins at given temperatures. The increased heat lability of  ts mutant coat proteins was measured by loss of  solubility at pH 5 after placing in a water bath at the same temperature at which the morphology of  the virus coat protein is temperature-sensitive. At pH 5> normal coat protein heated to the restrictive temperature, and ts coat protein heated to the morphological permissive temp-erature, are both maximally soluble, whereas the ts coat protein heated to the restrictive temperature becomes completely insol-uble, indicating irreversible denaturation. The ts coat protein crystals appear in the electron microscope as a disordered aggregation in contrast to the ordered rod-like crystals of  normal and ts coat protein under permissive conditions. JOCKUSCH noted that aggregation of  protein subunits before  heat treatment was begun had a stabilizing effect  on ts coat proteins. In the present study this aggregation of  TP protein subunits probably did not take place during synthesis of  v TP at 29 C, thereby rendering the protein disordered before  extraction of  the enzyme. Two further  properties of  the ts TMV coat proteins are relevant to the present studies: the ts mutations are commonly leaky, that is the change in protein structure caused by the ts mutation usually produces slight malfunction  at the permissive temperature and incomplete loss of  function  at the restrictive temperature. This type of  "leakiness" is demonstrated by v^ 1 TP. Furthermore, the ts coat proteins are all quaternary-proteins, that is they consist of  monomeric subunits aggregated together usually "by prosthetic groups, and the ts mutations cause a configurational  change in the subunits which prevent aggrega-tion at the restrictive temperature. There is good evidence that TP consists of  identical subunits, possibly held together by the tsl heme prosthetic group. Therefore,  the v mutation possibly could cause a change in normal subunit interaction leading to the formation  of  the active multimeric enzyme. LANGRIDGE (1968 a, b) has studied the thermal characteristics and intracellular behaviour of  an extensive array of  a specific class of  Bgalactosidase ts mutants in E. coli. All of  the ts mutants resulted from  suppression of  different  rs galactosidase amber mutations by su+I which inserts serine at the position corresponding to the UAG triplet, thus permitting synthesis of the complete protein. By this means, 52 ts variants of  Bgalact-osidase were obtained, differing  from  each other only in the position of  serine substitution for  the original amino acid. LANGRIDGE found  that the temperature responses of  these suppressed enzymes depend mainly on the position of  the amino acid substitution rather than on the type of  amino acid inserted. The altered enzymes produced by suppression are thus representative of  the missense type; they possess relatively high catalytic act-ivity and they do not limit the growth of  bacteria containing them at ordinary temperatures. In these respects, v^^ TP is similar, it too possesses relatively high catalytic activity at permissive tsl temperatures and apparently does not limit the growth of v flies at 22°C. LANGRIDGE (1968 a, b) has shown that the difference in amino acid side chains following serine substitution in amber mutants generally causes a moderate change in the hydrophilic nature of the outside of the enzyme molecule. Despite the mild-ness of the change, 60$ of the altered enzymes had less than half the in vitro stability of the normal enzyme at the restrictive temperature (57°C), Thus, small changes in conformation can lead to great changes in thermal properties. The serine-substituted enzymes were examined for changes in substrate affinity by measuring the ability of normal substrate (lactose) to competitively inhibit the binding of a substrate analogue (ONPG). All enzymes except one had normal binding properties as shown by the inhibition constants. Three of the enzymes with reduced temperature stability but normal substrate binding were tested for changes in activation energy. The changes were not significantly different from the Ea of normal enzyme (12,400 + 650 cals/mole). LANGRIDGE concluded from these data that increased sensitivity of an enzyme to heat as a result of mutational change is seldom accompanied by temperature-dependent changes in substrate affinity or catalysis. Alterations in kine-tic responses to temperature, as distinct from changes in stabil-ity, have been found only for mutants with reduced substrate affinity. tsl The properties of  the v mutant are consistent with these "fc S1 0 conclusions; the v (29 C) TP has altered kinetic responses to temperature, but does not appear to have radical changes in temperature-dependent stability afte r it has been synthesized at 29°C. Another point of  comparison between the ts galactosidase tsl mutants and the v mutation is that LANGRIDGE found  many of  the former  mutant enzymes did not exhibit strictly linear kinetics with time, substrate concentration or temperature, results which 4. -j _ have already been discussed for  v (29 C) TP. This may indicate that ts mutant enzymes, as a class, do not follow  completely pre-dictable changes in their properties under restrictive conditions. For example, LANGRIDGE found  an extremely large negative apparent heat of  activation for  one ts mutant enzyme which probably re-flects  the marked increase in activity of  the enzyme as the temp-erature is lowered. Evidence shows that this particular enzyme is partially dissociated into inactive monomers at high tempera-tures and that lowering the temperature facilitates  reassociation into the active tetrameric structure. Other ts |3/;galactosidase mutants had apparent increased heats of  activation despite reduced Kms (therefore,  seemingly greater affinity  for  substrate), whereas ts enzymes with expected increased heats of  activation and increas-ed Kms were also encountered. Therefore,  even in the relatively well understood ts /i galactosidase mutants of  E. coli. it is difficult  to ascribe cause and effect  relationships for  ts enzymes from  kinetic considerations alone. DUNSMUIR AND HYNES (1973) have recovered 4 ts mutations affecting  the activity of  acetamidase in the simple eukaryote, Aspergillus nidulans. Three of  the ts mutants were in the structural gene for  the enzyme and the other one was in an apparent positive regulator gene. The ts mutants had interesting effects on the activity of acetamidase. One structural gene mutant and the one regulator gene mutant both had very low acetamidase activity, in comparison with wild type, if raised at the permissive (25°C) or restrictive (40 C) temperatures and assayed at 37 C (the optimal in vitro assay temperature for wild type acetamidase activity). The other two ts structural gene mutants when raised at 40°C had very low enzyme activities at an assay temperature of 37°C compared with either wild type raised at 40°C or the mutants raised at 25°C. Significantly, all acetamidase assays performed at 25°C on the various strains gave essentially the same results as at 37°C. Therefore, assaying at the in vivo permissive temperature did not permit restoration of activity to the mutant enzymes. This result is similar to that obtained for assaying v (29 C) TP at the in vivo permissive temperature (22°C); a decrease rather than an increase in enzyme activity occurred. Conversely, assaying vtsl(22°C) TP at the in vivo restrictive temperature (29°C) re-sulted in an increase in activity, whereas if the enzyme is thermolabile at 29°C a decrease in activity would have "been expected. In only one of  the ts acetamidase structural gene mutants studied by DUNSMUIR AND HYNES could the in vivo temperature-sensitivity exhibited by all ts strains at 40°C be accounted for  by increased thermolability of  the enzyme. In the other two ts structural gene mutants and the one ts regulator gene mutant, no difference  in heat-induced enzyme inactivation compared to wild type was seen. The loss of  enzyme activity in the ts regulator gene raised at the restrictive temperature was due to a greatly reduced rate of  enzyme synthesis. In one of  the two ts structural gene mutants which did not produce a thermolabile enzyme, acetamidase activity could be greatly increased by shifting  growing cultures from  the restrict-ive to the permissive temperature for  8 hours. This increase in enzyme activity was mostly independent of  new protein synthesis since neither the protein synthesis inhibitor, cycloheximid^ or the transcription inhibitor, actinomycin D, prevented the rapid increase in activity after  shifting  to 25°C. DUNSMUIR AND HYNES suggest that this ts mutation therefore  affects  the assembly of normally synthesized enzyme subunits into active enzyme at 40°C but that the permissive temperature allows immediate inhibitor-insensitive subunit assembly. The MW of  acetamidase is about 150,000 which is compatible with the proposed subunit structure. Thus, the mechanism of  action proposed for  the mutation is by no means unique and finds support in similar interpretations advanced to explain the effects of some ts mutations in organisms far simpler than Drosophila. A molecular model of the functioning of the v locus, which reconciles diverse genetic and biochemical observations, should also explain the effects of different doses of v^ and v alleles on TP activity in males and females. Wild type TP is dosage compensated. Thus, v^/Y males and vVv* females have essentially equivalent TP activities (KAUFMAN 1962; TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN 1967» TARTOF 19691 BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971I TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1971} present study). This dosage compensation does not change if v^/Y males and v'Vv* females are raised at 29°C and TP activities also are virtually unaltered by changes in culture temperature (Table 24). There-fore, a culture temperature of 29°C apparently has little effect on the regulation of the functional activity of the y^ locus. The TP activities of v t s l/Y males and y t s l/y t s l females raised at 22°C are also essentially equivalent even though their net enzyme activity is only about 75% of wild type males and females (Table 25). However, if raised at 29°C, vtsl/Y males have appreciably less TP activity than v t s l/v t 5 1 females (5% of wild type TP activity compared with 17% for the females (Table 25). This difference is correlated with the more vermilion-like eye colour of v /Y males and, incidentally, shows that there is no clear-cut threshold of TP activity which distinguishes a v pheno-type from  a v^  phenotype. Flies with up to 5% of  wild type TP activity are clearly vermilion, (vfc s^(29°C) males and su(s)2 y^^ for  example), whereas a TP activity of  15-20% of  wild type, such "fc  s 1 o 2 1 as in v females  at 29 C and su(s) v for  example, is suffici-ent to provide an intermediate eye colour. Activities above 20% of  wild type allow a wild type phenotype (KAUFMAN  1962; TARTOF 1969). A single v^  dose in a female  specifies  about 50% of  the TP activity obtained from  v+/v+ females  and v^ "/Y males as shown by 1 TO the TP activities obtained from  v /Df  (l)v J females  in this study (Table 26) and from In(l)FM6/Df(l)v females (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). Hence the enzyme activity obtained from  a female  is the result of  a simple addition of  the activities contributed by each v^ allele. BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) found that females with 3 doses, [ C(1)Dx, y f  / Y / ], had, as expected, approxi-+ / + mately one and one-half  times the activity of  normal v /v females. In males with 2 v^  doses, (v+/y+ Y v )^, there is a similar simple addition of  the TP activities contributed by each v^  allele, ex-cept that each contributes twice the activity of  each v allele in a female.  Thus, v+/y"t" Y v^  males have about twice the TP activity of  vJ/Y males, but they have approximately four  times the activity of  vVDf('l) v females  (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971; TOBLER, BOWMAN AND SIMMONS 1971). Regulation of v^ activity therefore is different in males and females and normally acts to bring the TP activities of males to the same level as females.  It is therefore  difficult  to under-t si stand why females  with 2 doses of  the leaky v allele should have over twice the TP activity of  males with one dose when both tsl are raised at the restrictive temperature. Furthermore, v males and females  exhibit normal dosage compensation at the per-missive temperature and a culture temperature of  29°C does not affect  the mechanisms responsible for  wild type dosage compensa-tion. In v t s l / D f ( i ) v L 3 f emaies raised, at 22°C, a TP activity of 15.5% of  wild type was recorded (Table 26). This activity is tsl / tsl less than expected on the basis of  the TP activity of  v /v females  raised at 22°C and the 50% reduction in TP activity of v+/Df(l) v females  compared with y^ /v^  females.  Thus, v t s l / v t s l females  raised at 22°C have about 70% of  wild type TP activity, hence a TP activity of  about 35% of  wild type would be predicted for  v ts l/Df(l)v L3 females  raised at 22°C. Moreover, the TP act-ivity of  v ts l/Df(l)v L3 females  raised at 22°C is much less than the predicted 50% of  the TP activity of  22°C - raised v t s l/Y males and is the clearest indication that the allelic control of  TP tsl activity is radically different  in v males and females. The TP activity of  v tsl/Df(1)v L3 females,  raised at 29°C, decreases to a value of  about 5% of  wild type which is approxi-4-"t* 1 mately the same TP activity derived from  y__ /Y males raised at 29°C (Table 25). This value probably represents the upper limit of  TP activity obtainable from  males and females  with a single dose of  the vts"1' mutation and raised at 29°C. Furthermore, the significant  difference  between the TP activities obtained from *t s 1 o females  with single and double doses of  v at both 22 C and 29°C, points to the possibility of  additional interactions among tsl enzyme subunits when 2 doses of  v are present in a female  which are not available with just one dose. This extra interaction among subunits could lead to better correction of  mutant enzyme than in single-dose females  at the permissive or restrictive temperatures, and single-dose males at the restrictive tempera-ture, thereby allowing more TP activity in these v^s1/v^s^ females. Recently,  the biochemical mechanisms involved in.the dosage compensation of  a number of  X-linked structural genes in Droso-phila have been at least partially resolved but the genetic reg-ulation of  these processes remains obscure. Three sex-linked structural genes for  the enzymes 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) and tryptophan pyrrolase (v) respectively have the following  properties in common: (i) wild type enzyme activities in males and females  of  all 3 genes are equivalent. (KAZAZIAN  et al. 1965; YOUNG, 1966; SEECOF et al. 1969; TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN, 1971; BOWMAN AND SIMMONS, 1973). (ii) the enzyme activities of  deficiency  heterozygotes and null allele heterozygotes in females  are, in all cases, approximately 50% of +/+ enzyme activities. (iii) both X-linked wild type loci of all 3 genes are expressed in a female, each contributing approximately 50% of the respective total enzyme activities (KAZAZIAN AND YOUNG, 1966; SEECOF, KAPLAN AND FUTCH, 1969$ TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN, 1971} BOWMAN AND SIMMONS, 1973). (iv) the regulation of dosage compensation appears to be a property of the gene or its immediate genetic environment rather than a property of the X-chromosome as a whole, or a combination of X-chromosome and autosomes. This conclusion is based on the observations that in rearrangements involving any of the 3 struct-ural genes studied, exact compensation of dosage of wild type alleles is retained irrespective of the size of the rearrangement involving the wild type allele (BOWMAN AND SIMMONS, 1973). For example, if the v^ allele is duplicated on the Y chromosome, or is carried as a hyperploid segregant on an autosome due to an in-sert ional translocation, the proportional increase in TP activity is dosage compensated very precisely. That is, for each addition-al v^ allele in a male, twice the TP activity of the same super-numerary gene located on the same chromosome in a female is obtain-ed. This is true even though the extra v^ allele may contribute less TP activity, because of position effect depression, than when it is located on the X chromosome. The dosage compensation remains the same irrespective of the length of the duplicated segment con-taining the wild type allele, hence it is probable that the regulatory functions  accomplishing this compensation are closely linked to the structural genes involved. No mechanism is effect-ively operating to adjust overall enzyme levels to wild type. Therefore,  it is hard to imagine a genie balance or modifier mechanism, as proposed by STERN (i960) and MULLER AND KAPLAN  (1966), acting to compensate enzyme activities to wild type. LUCCHESI (1973)> however, has adduced other evidence to show that dosage compensation of  X-linked genes may depend on the activity of  an autosomal gene which is itself  dosage-dependent and whose product is necessary for  the transcription of  all X-linked genes. HOLMQUIST (1972) has established that the probable mechanism involved in doubling the amount (KAZAZIAN,  1966) and activity of enzymes controlled by sex-linked loci in males compared to females, is an increased transcription rate of  these loci. Thus, each X salivary gland chromosome band in the 16A-17E region in a male was shown to transcribe approximately 0.7 units of  -^ H-uridine pulse-labelled RNA for  each 1.0 unit transcribed by two similar bands in the two X chromosomes of  the female.  Hence a kOfo  increase in RNA synthesis by male salivary gland X chromosome bands pre-sumably could effect  a 100% increase in enzyme levels by increas-ing the rate of  mRNA transcription while not increasing synthesis of  non-mRNA chromosomal RNA. This possible mechanism of  dosage compensation does not t si clarify  the results obtained for  TP activities of  v /Y males and v t s l / v t s l females  raised at 29°C. The v t s l/Y males raised at 29°C would be expected to transcribe sufficient  TP-mRNA to tsl / tsl permit equivalent enzyme activity to the v /v females. J. 4 j . — <| However, v /v females  have nearly three times the TP J. <1 _ A activity of  v /Y males which suggests that the v mutation, at the restrictive temperature, disturbs the normal mechanism involved in regulation of  compensation. Many of  the properties of  v mutations and their effects  on TP can be explained by assuming that the v locus codes the identi-cal subunits which may comprise active TP. The homomultimeric nature of  the active enzyme would account for  the lack of  com-plementation between any v alleles irrespective of  their indiv-idual properties. Further support for  the homomultimeric structure of  active TP is adduced from  a comparison of  its properties with those of  rat liver and Pseudomonas TP andffrom a consideration of  its probable molecular weight. Pseudomonas TP has been shown, by direct physical techniques, to be composed of  4 polypeptide chains of  equivalent mass (P0ILL-0N, MAENO, KOIKE AND FEIGELSON, 1969). The subunits are devoid of  enzyme activity and only the tetrameric form,  stabilized ex-clusively by non-covalent interactions, is the enzymatically active form.  Drosophila TP has many properties in common with the Pseudo-monas enzyme. Thus, both enzymes have a heme prosthetic group which is necessary for  enzyme activity. Both wild type enzymes are substrate-inducible and possibly also substrate-stabilized (MARZLUF 1965; RIZKI  1968s P0ILL0N et al. 1969). Activation by 2-mercaptoethanol is necessary for  full  activity of  the crude enzymes from  both organisms and is an absolute requirement for the partially purified  TPs (TARTOF 1969; BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971; POILLON et al. 1969). The pH optima and inhibition pro-files  are also very similar (MARZLUF,  1965). Considering that the structures of  many basic enzymes are conserved during evolu-tion it is possible that Pseudomonas and Drosophila TPs have a similar structural organization and that minor amino acid changes only have occurred phylogenetically. Furthermore, the molecular weight of  Drosophila TP is approximately the same as the known molecular weight of  Pseudomonas TP (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). More recently, preliminary results obtained with electro-phoretic techniques have shown that Drosophila v_ TP migrates as a single band and appears to consist of  a tetramer of  molecular weight 160,000 daltons, consisting of  4 identical subunits of about 40,000 daltons each. (FUCHS - unpublished observations). TARTOF  (1969) reported that certain vf  mutations when hetero-zygous with v^ , behave in a superadditive fashion  rather than providing strictly additive TP activities as expected of  hetero-s / + zygous null alleles. That is, some v /v heterozygotes yield more activity than the predicted 50% of  v+/v")" TP activity, based on the virtually zero TP activity of  the vs/vs homozygotes. The amount of  excess enzyme activity contributed by the vf_  allele is "k strictly related to its suppressibility. Thus, v_ is more supp-ressible than which, in turn, is more suppressible than , based on the amount of  restored TP activity when all mutants are homozygous for su(s)2. The heterozygotes, v^/v+, v^ /v4" and likewise can be ranked in that order in their degree of  superadditivity; vk/v + has a TP activity 77.5$ of  wild type, v1/v+, 6?,2% and v-^/v*, 63%. By contrast, the unsuppressible alleles, v^ lc and v^ a when heterozygous with v^ , yield almost exactly the expected 50% of  wild type TP activity (TARTOF  1969). The superadditivity obtained for  TP activities from  assays of  vs/v+ heterozygotes in each case was closely paralleled by mixing equal aliquots of  enzyme extracts obtained from  equal weights of  vs/vs and v+/v+ flies  and assaying for  resultant TP cj activities. The material obtained from  v_ flies,  which was shown to be responsible for  the superadditive effect,  is almost certain-ly a protein since it is thermolabile, ammonium sulfate  precipit-able and non-dialyzable. Hence, it is clear that some v^  mutants, at least, form  a potentially functional  enzyme protein. Since k / k v /v extracts have virtually zero TP activity the reason advanc-ed by TARTOF to explain the superadditive effect  is interaction + k among enzyme subunits specified  by v_ and v_ respectively such that additional enzyme activity is achieved compared with v+/Df(1) v or y^ /v^ . The v_ alleles therefore  could direct the synthesis of normal quantities of  TP subunits but these subunits are variably altered structurally. MARZLUF  (1965), for  instance, has shown 2 1 that su(s) v homozygotes produce a partially active TP which is indistinguishable from wild type in its kinetic properties. Thus, the y^ allele allows the synthesis of an apparently normal enzyme under suppressed conditions. On the other hand, TARTOF 2 k (1969) has shown that TP produced by su(s) v homozygotes has altered optimal pH and Km and therefore differs structurally from wild type TP. Moreover, BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK (1971) demonstrated k + that unsuppressed v_ TP has about the same molecular weight as v_ TP even though it has no enzyme activity. Therefore, v£ mutants probably do not affect the rate of syn-thesis of TP since sufficient subunits must be present to inter-act with the v_ product to produce the superadditive effect. The vs alleles are not nonsense mutations otherwise the molecular k + weight of unsuppressed v_ TP should be less than v^ TP. Moreover, the polarity in their degree of suppressibility does not correlate with their map positions within the v locus. The degree of supp-1c 3. 36 f ressibility is v_> v_ >v£__ but, as previously shown in the REVIEW, v^ and v^ map to the same site, whereas v 3 ^ maps to the right. Thus, the vf mutations most probably represent different missense mutations at positions other than the active centre (which probably would not be post-translationally suppressible). These missense mutations probably change the conformational prop-erties of the subunits such that in vf, hemi- or homozygotes correct folding of the inactive monomers into an active enzyme multimer is disallowed. The proposed interactions among identical TP subunits, which can account for  most of  the effects  of  mutation at the v locus on TP activity, are probably analogous to those which control 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6-PGD) activity. The 6-PGD structural locus is located on the X chromosome at 0.9 map units since electrophoretic variants of  the en&yme map to this position (YOUNG I966), Certain strains have a single 6-PGD electrophoret-ic band whose mobility is greater than the .single 6-PGD band of other strains. Crosses between strains containing the fast migrating 6-PGD band (6-PGDA) and strains containing the slow migrating 6-PGD band (6-PGDB), yield females  which have three 6-PGD electrophoretic bands: a 6-PGDA band and a 6-PGDB band, and a wider, more densely staining intermediate band representing the 6-PGDA - 6-PGDB aggregate. Thus, a female  heterozygous for  the 6-PGDA and 6-PGDB alleles produces both subunits in.equal quantity which randomly assemble to form  dimers in the proportion 1 6-PGDA dimer : 2 6-PGDA - 6-PGDB dimers : 1 6-PGDB dimer. The monomers are enzymatically inactive and wild type, active 6-PGD therefore  consists of  a dimer of  identical subunits. Similarly, it is proposed that vf[  and y^  alleles in hetero-s + zygous females,  produce the subunit products Pv and Pv respect-ively, in equal proportion. Each monomer contains an active centre but this is not enzymatically active unless a tetramer is formed. The monomers also contain conformational  and regulatory sites which interact with a variety of  cofactors  and inhibitors in vivo. + s The Pv and Pv subunits are free  to tetramerize randomly with the restriction that the Pvs subun-.its are unable to aggregate into active enzyme because of  local misfolding  due to conformation-S S / ~f" al changes brought about by the v_ missense mutations. In v /v heterozygotes, tetramer formation  is strongly favoured  and there-fore  occurs soon after  synthesis of  the monomers. At equilibrium, the tetramers formed  from  vs/v+ heterozygotes and their unit TP activity are shown in Figure 21 and compared with the tetramers and their TP activities formed  by v+/v+ and vs/vs females and v^ /Y and vf/Y  males. For simplicity of  representation, the tetramers are shown as dimers since this does not affect  the proposed mechanism. As shown in the Figure, v^ "/Y males synthesize twice as many + + / + TP monomers per v_ allele as v /v females,  hence their activities are equivalent. The vf_  hemi- and homzygotes fail  to form  any active tetramers because conformational  changes prevent the con-figuration  of  the active centres necessary for  TP activity. Tet-CJ ramers must still form-  in. v_ hemi- or homozygotes since the molecular weight of  unsuppressed v^  TP is approximately the same as v^  TP, (TARTOF 1969; BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). In yVy^ females,  random interaction among the equal numbers of  Pvs and "f" Ttr 4-Pv subunits produce tetramers in the ratio, 1 (Pv : 2 (Pv )2 (Pvs)2 s 1 (Pv^ )ij,• Each (Pv+)2(Pvs)2 tetramer potentially has a full  unit of  TP activity, therefore  the maximum TP activity re-coverable from  vs/v+ females  is 75% of  wild type. FIGURE 21 Model of  interactions among tryptophan pyrrolase subunits from  various genotypes and consequent enzyme activities. GENOTYPE SEX SUBUNITS FORMED* DIMERS (RATIOS) NO. ACTIVE DIMERS*** POTENTIAL TP ACTIVITY/DIMER PHENOTYPE J ^ / y l F X U4) ST~ U4) + ACTIVE CENTRE OF DIMER 4 25 % 25 % 25 % 2 5 % 100 % TOTAL + y^ /Y M AS ABOVE AS ABOVE 4 AS ABOVE + S / s V /v F D - 04) CONFORMATIONAL. ERROR IN THE: POLYPEPTIDE CHAIN X (x4) NO ACTIVE CENTRE FORMED 0 0 % V v l / Y M AS ABOVE AS ABOVE o 0 % V S / + V / V F f-y > w • cr-O • — • — x z — • — X I O o — 3 25 % 25 % 25 % 0 % + • J 1—' X ^ o — 75 % TOTAL ^An aribitrary number of subunits is represented this number remains the same for each genotype. **Dimers are represented as an association of subunits which changes the configuration of the active centres, permitting enzyme activity. >f^>lcRepresents the proportional number of dimers from which a unit of TP activity is obtained. In practice, the realized TP activities of these hetero-zygotes would depend upon such factors as the extent of restored catalytic activity of each (Pv+)2(Pvs)2 tetramer and their relative susceptibilities to inhibition. That is, the various conformation-al "mistakes" present in the Pvs subunits may variably prevent a full unit of TP activity in (Pv+)2(Pvs)2 tetramers. According to s / + this model, the TP activities found for v /v females should vary between 50% and 75%. This, in fact, has been found (TARTOF 1969). The precise nature of the molecular interactions required to form active enzyme from inactive monomeric subunits is not predict-ed, although the heme prosthetic group is probably involved since loss of this from the v^ enzyme renders it inactive and in vitro s k preincubation of TP from one v_ allele (v_) with methemoglobin under unsuppressed conditions, restores a small amount of enzyme activity (5% of wild type) (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). The subs-trate, 1-tryptophan, may also have a role in stabilizing tetramer formation as v^ TP is substrate-inducible in vivo (RIZKI 1968) and in vitro preincubation of v^ extracts with the substrate analogue, c<-methyl tryptophan, stimulates enzyme activity (BAILLIE AND CHOVNICK 1971). Partial larval starvation of vf alleles also permits a vary-ing restoration of v^ eye colour, (GREEN 1952; SHAPARD i960), and TP activity (MARZLUF 1965; TOBLER, SIMMONS AND BOWMAN 1967), poss-ibly by reducing the amount of an endogenous inhibitor such as a pteridine which may interact with differentially sensitive sites on vf,  TPs,thereby disturbing tetramer formation. As previously discussed, the unsuppressible v mutations,„ whether spontaneous or induced, are probably missense mutations which directly affect  the active centre or another essential catalytic site in the enzyme. Therefore,  in vu/v+ heterozygotes never more than 50% of  wild type activity is recovered because only 50% of  correct catalytic sites are available. No complementation is observed between any combination of S S S U vj ti v alleles; v_ with v_, v_ with v_ or v_ with v_. For combinations of  different  v^  alleles this may be due to the extent of  the con-formational  changes in the respective TP subunits which do not permit any significant  aggregation into active enzyme. While the interpretation that represent mutations in the active site of the enzyme is preferred,  the data discussed do not rule out the possibility that they are mutations in regulatory elements located within the v cistron, although this is unlikely based on the size of  the v cistron and the location of  alleles at each of  the 3 identifiable  sites within the cistron. In any case either inter-pretation is compatible with the lack of  complementation between vs and v^  or between different  alleles. Thus, if  are miss-ense mutations in the active site of  the enzyme no active, homo-multimeric enzyme will be formed  by vs/vu heterozygotes since vf. TP subunits are conformational^  disordered and subunits are catalytically deficient.  If  the Vf  mutants are regulatory in nature, then it might be expected that they contribute no, or very few,  TP subunits to the vs/vu heterozygotes, thereby again failing  to complement any v^  alleles. A definitive  designation of  the nature of  alleles awaits a determination of  whether they form  inactive TP protein of  normal molecular weight. In Dfy/v*  heterozygotes, wild type phenotypes result in all cases (LEFEVRE 1969, and Table 6). According to the model illust-rated in Figure 21, this is because the identical, correct subunits specified  by the single v^  cistron can interact to produce an act-4- rs 1 ive enzyme. However, in Dfv/v heterozygotes, a more vermilion-like phenotype results at the permissive temperature than in "tsl "tsl v homozygotes or v /v heterozygotes (Tables 4 and 6). This tsl can be explained by correction between slightly altered v sub-t si units and partial correction between v and v TP subunits at the permissive temperature. Since no product is formed  by a deficiency, tsl there will only be 50% of  v TP subunits capable of  interacting in Dfv/v^ 3"1" heterozygotes compared with 100% in ytsl/ytsl homo-zygotes, and 50% v t s l TP subunits and 50% v TP subunits in v t s l /v heterozygotes, thereby accounting for  the more v - like phenotype of. Dfv/v tsl. tsl The v mutation is probably an unusual v allele in that it could be a missense mutation which primarily affects  the conforma-tional properties of  the enzyme subunits differentially  at differ-ent temperatures. This effect  could be exaggerated as the temper-ature at which the enzyme is assembled is increased so that at the restrictive temperature the catalytic activity of  the enzyme is secondarily affected  "because of  "warping" of  the active centres due to conformational  distortion of  the tetramer. These possibilities are illustrated in Figure 22. tsl t q? The lack of  complementation between v and v at the restrictive temperature, thus could be seen as a failure  of  TP subunits, conformationally  deficient  in different  regions, to aggregate together to form  an active, homomultimeric enzyme. At the permissive temperature, these conformational  changes are t si not nearly as severe, therefore,  the subunits specified  by v and v t s 2 respectively in a heterozygote, are capable of  aggregating together into an almost normally active enzyme, hence a wild type phenotype is observed. In combination with tsl nonconditional v alleles, v is phenotypically more vermilion-t si like at the permissive temperature than v hemi- or homozygotes because the more severe structural alterations in the TP subunit.. controlled by the non- ts v alleles, do not permit the degree of aggregation into active enzyme that v subunits allow. At the + gi "h s 1 restrictive temperature for  v , heterozygotes of v and non-ts v alleles are more vermilion-like than at the permissive temperature (Table 4) because there is an increased alteration tsl in the structure of  the v TP subunit leading to a less enzym-atically active aggregation with the non- ts v TP subunits. t_c5l tsl As is shown in Figure 22, enzyme activities of v /v +• c* *1 females  and v /Y males raised at 22 C are not 100% of  wild type presumably because the conformational  change in the monomers FIGURE 22 Model of  interactions among enzyme subunits tsl controlled by v at the permissive and restrictive temperatures and consequent tryptophan pyrrolase activity. GENOTYPE SEX TEMR SUBUNITS FORMED DIMERS (RATIOS) NO. ACTIVE DIMERS ACTIVITY EXPECTED (% WT) ACTUAL PHENOTYF vtsl / v t s l F 22°C A — ° — t CONFORMATIONAL CHANGE SPECIFIED BY v t s l 4 ACTIVE CENTRE OF DIMER 4 100 % 7 0 % + 29°C A — A - ^ -\ EXAGGERATED CHANGE AT 29 °C t NO ACTIVE CENTRE FORMED 4 MOSTLY INACTIVE DIMERS ? 17 % V vtsl/y M 22°C AS ABOVE AS ABOVE AS ABOVE 100 % 7 8 % + 29°C AS ABOVE AS ABOVE AS ABOVE 7 5 % V v t s l / D f v L 3 F 22°C Zl ^  { x 2 ) — X Z ( x 2 ) 2 35% 15.5 % V 29°C A w (x2) — A T Z ^ X (x2) 2 MOSTLY INACTIVE DIMERS <17 % 5 % V probably causes some slight distortion of  the active centres of the assembled tetramer. If  raised at 29°C, the conformational changes are exaggerated and thereby cause severe distortions of  the active centres. Hence the TP activities of  v /v tsi / females  and v /Y males are much reduced. tsl / tsl This model does not explain why v /v females  should retain more enzyme activity than v^ f^ /Y  males at 29°C. 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