Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1033
Pyrowolakis, G; Hartmann, B; Müller, B; Basler, K; Affolter, M (2004). A simple molecular complex mediates widespread BMP-induced repression during Drosophila development. Developmental Cell, 7(2):229-240.
The spatial and temporal control of gene expression during the development of multicellular organisms is regulated to a large degree by cell-cell signaling. We have uncovered a simple mechanism through which Dpp, a TGFbeta/BMP superfamily member in Drosophila, represses many key developmental genes in different tissues. A short DNA sequence, a Dpp-dependent silencer element, is sufficient to confer repression of gene transcription upon Dpp receptor activation and nuclear translocation of Mad and Medea. Transcriptional repression does not require the cooperative action of cell type-specific transcription factors but relies solely on the capacity of the silencer element to interact with Mad and Medea and to subsequently recruit the zinc finger-containing repressor protein Schnurri. Our findings demonstrate how the Dpp pathway can repress key targets in a simple and tissue-unrestricted manner in vivo and hence provide a paradigm for the inherent capacity of a signaling system to repress transcription upon pathway activation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:20|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:59|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 73|
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