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A gene required for the specification of dorsal-ventral pattern in Drosophila appears to encode a serine protease

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The maternal effect gene snake is required for the establishment of the dorsal-ventral axis during the embryonic development of Drosophila. The molecular cloning of the gene and analysis of a complementary DNA sequence suggest that the gene encodes a serine protease which is structurally similar to proteases involved in blood clotting, peptide processing, and complement fixation pathways.

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