Date of Award

Fall 1988

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Abstract

The supramolecular assembly of proteins to form ordered structures is fundamental to developmental biology. As a step in understanding the role of this process in development and the mechanisms involved, this lab has undertaken a molecular analysis of the process using eggshell formation in Drosophila as a model system. Earlier studies have suggested that the post-translational processing of an eggshell protein may be involved in the assembly of the eggshell. This thesis research was aimed at characterizing this processing event at the molecular level. It is hoped that these studies will be a part of larger research efforts that will shed light on more general assembly mechanisms.

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