An ancient developmental induction: heat-shock proteins induced in sporulation and oogenesis

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Science  07 Mar 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4742, pp. 1154-1157
DOI: 10.1126/science.3511530


Every eukaryotic and prokaryotic organism tested to date synthesizes a small number of heat-shock proteins in response to heat and other forms of stress. A particular pattern of heat-shock gene expression was observed during ascospore development in Saccharomyces: heat-shock proteins hsp26 and hsp84 were strongly induced nor inducible by heat shock. Instead, two proteins related to hsp70 were induced. A strikingly similar pattern of expression occurs during oogenesis in Drosophila, suggesting that it may be one of the earliest developmental pathways to evolve in eukaryotic cells.

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