Abstract:The intersegmental muscles of the tobacco hawkmoth Manduca sexta die during the 36-hr period after metamorphosis. The trigger for cell death is a fall in the ecdysteroid titer. Commitment of the intersegmental muscles to degenerate involves selective repression and activation of ecdysteroid-responsive genes. When the pattern of gene expression is altered after injection of either 20-hydroxyecdysone or actinomycin D, the muscles persist. cDNA clones have been isolated for four genes that become abundantly expre… Show more
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