In article <fidlera.5.00109325 at waltec.warc.cri.nz>,
Andrew Fidler <fidlera at waltec.warc.cri.nz> wrote:
>A basic question for hard core fly people... could someone suggest a text
>(undergraduate level) that describes the biochemical pathways for the
>synthesis of the various fly eye pigments and relates the enzymes involved to
>various mutant alleles (esp. sepia and scarlet eye).
The ground-state answer for all Drosophila questions these days
is "look at the big grey book by Ashburner."
The induced-state answer for this question is: start with a standard
biochemistry book & find the section concerning aromatic-compound
metabolism; you're looking for the pteridine and ommochrome pathways.
Also bear in mind that fly eye pigmentation mutations can affect
either pigment biosynthesis per se, or pigment transport &
accumulation in the eye.
Mark D. Garfinkel
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