Translational discrimination of ribosomal protein mRNAs in the early Drosophila embryo

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Most Drosophila mRNAs are actively translated in the early embryo, with the exception of the poorly translated ribosomal protein (r-protein) mRNAs. Two possible mechanisms for this translational discrimination were tested: (1) Translation of r-protein mRNAs is discriminated against by the limited activity of translational initiation factors in the early embryo and (2) translation of r-protein mRNAs is repressed by trans-acting factors that reversibly bind these mRNAs. Exogenously provided initiation factors promoted partial recruitment of r-protein mRNAs into polysomes, suggesting that modulation of initiation factor activity may play a role in the translational discrimination of r-protein mRNAs during embryogenesis. No evidence for involvement of reversibly binding trans-acting factors was obtained, although there are limitations in the interpretation of the latter experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-343
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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