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Signal-induced repression: the exception or the rule in developmental signaling?


Affolter, M; Pyrowolakis, G; Weiss, A; Basler, K (2008). Signal-induced repression: the exception or the rule in developmental signaling? Developmental Cell, 15(1):11-22.

Abstract

Cell-cell communication plays a key role in organ formation and patterning in multicellular animals and is carried out by a few evolutionarily conserved signaling pathways. The modes of action of these pathways share a number of general properties, or habits, that allow them to strongly activate target genes in a ligand-dependent manner in the proper cellular contexts. Recent studies have revealed that some developmental signaling pathways can also strongly repress genes in a ligand-dependent manner. These new findings raise the interesting possibility that this repressive mode of action is shared by many or most developmental signaling pathways.

Cell-cell communication plays a key role in organ formation and patterning in multicellular animals and is carried out by a few evolutionarily conserved signaling pathways. The modes of action of these pathways share a number of general properties, or habits, that allow them to strongly activate target genes in a ligand-dependent manner in the proper cellular contexts. Recent studies have revealed that some developmental signaling pathways can also strongly repress genes in a ligand-dependent manner. These new findings raise the interesting possibility that this repressive mode of action is shared by many or most developmental signaling pathways.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:July 2008
Deposited On:02 Mar 2009 18:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:07
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1534-5807
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.devcel.2008.06.006
PubMed ID:18606137
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-16601

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