Relief of gene repression by torso RTK signaling: role of capicua in Drosophila terminal and dorsoventral patterning.

Differentiation of the embryonic termini in Drosophila depends on signaling by the Tor RTK, which induces terminal gene expression by inactivating at the embryonic poles a uniformly distributed repressor activity that involves the Gro corepressor. Here, we identify a new gene, cic, that acts as a repressor of terminal genes ...
regulated by the Tor pathway. cic also mediates repression along the dorsoventral axis, a process that requires the Dorsal morphogen and Gro, and which is also inhibited by Tor signaling at the termini. cic encodes an HMG-box transcription factor that interacts with Gro in vitro. We present evidence that Tor signaling regulates terminal patterning by inactivating Cic at the embryo poles. cic has been evolutionarily conserved, suggesting that Cic-like proteins may act as repressors regulated by RTK signaling in other organisms.
Mesh Terms:
Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Body Patterning, Conserved Sequence, Drosophila Proteins, Drosophila melanogaster, Evolution, Molecular, Female, HMGB Proteins, High Mobility Group Proteins, Humans, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutation, Protein Processing, Post-Translational, Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases, Repressor Proteins, Signal Transduction, Suppression, Genetic, Transcription Factors
Genes Dev.
Date: Jan. 15, 2000
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