Differential gene expression in insects: Transcriptional control

Lawrence G. Harshman, Anthony A. James

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Studies on transcriptional control of gene expression play a pivotal role in many areas of biology. In non-Drosophilid insects, the cuticle, chorion, immune response, silk gland, storage proteins, and vitellogenin are foci for advances in basic research on promoter elements and transcription factors. Insects offer other advantages for gene regulation studies, including the availability of applied problems. In non-Drosophilid insects, the most serious problem for transcriptional control studies is the lack of homologous in vivo expression systems. Once this deficiency is addressed, the full impact of research on transcription control will be realized throughout the field of entomology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-700
Number of pages30
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
StatePublished - 1998


  • Homologous in vivo expression
  • Promoters
  • Transcription
  • Transcription factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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