Flytrap, a database documenting a GFP protein-trap insertion screen in Drosophila melanogaster

Reed J. Kelso, Michael Buszczak, Ana T. Quiñones, Claudia Castiblanco, Stacy Mazzalupo, Lynn Cooley

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Flytrap is a web-enabled relational database of transposable element insertions in Drosophila melanogaster. A green fluorescent protein (GFP) artificial exon carried by a transposable P-element is mobilized and inserted into a host gene intron creating a GFP fusion protein. The sequence of the tagged gene is determined by sequencing inverse-PCR products derived from genomic DNA. Flytrap contains two principle data types: micrographs of protein localization and a cellular component ontology, based on rules derived from the Gene Ontology consortium (, describing protein localization. Flytrap also has links to gene information contained in Flybase ( The system is designed to accept submissions of micrographs and descriptions from any type of tissue (e.g. wing imaginal disk, ovary) and at any stage of development. Insertion lines can be searched using a number of queries, including Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project (BDGP) numbers and protein localization. In addition, Flytrap provides online order forms linked to each insertion line so that users may request any line generated from this project. Flytrap may be accessed from the homepage at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D418-D420
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue numberDATABASE ISS.
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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