A-to-I Pre-mRNA Editing in Drosophila Is Primarily Involved in Adult Nervous System Function and Integrity

Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington 06030, USA.
Cell (Impact Factor: 33.12). 09/2000; 102(4):437-49. DOI: 10.1016/S0092-8674(00)00049-0
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ABSTRACT Specific A-to-I RNA editing, like that seen in mammals, has been reported for several Drosophila ion channel genes. Drosophila possesses a candidate editing enzyme, dADAR. Here, we describe dADAR deletion mutants that lack ADAR activity in extracts. Correspondingly, all known Drosophila site-specific RNA editing (25 sites in three ion channel transcripts) is abolished. Adults lacking dADAR are morphologically wild-type but exhibit extreme behavioral deficits including temperature-sensitive paralysis, locomotor uncoordination, and tremors which increase in severity with age. Neurodegeneration accompanies the increase in phenotypic severity. Surprisingly, dADAR mutants are not short-lived. Thus, A-to-I editing of pre-mRNAs in Drosophila acts predominantly through nervous system targets to affect adult nervous system function, integrity, and behavior.


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