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Marty, T; Müller, B; Basler, K; Affolter, M (2000). Schnurri mediates Dpp-dependent repression of brinker transcription. Nature Cell Biology, 2(10):745-749.

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Abstract

Signalling by Decapentaplegic (Dpp), a member of the TGFbeta superfamily of signalling molecules, controls many aspects of Drosophila development by activating and repressing target genes. Several essential components of the Dpp signalling pathway have been identified, including the Dpp receptors Punt and Thick veins (Tkv) as well as the cytoplasmic mediators Mad and Medea. For target genes to be activated, Dpp signalling must suppress transcription of a repressor encoded by the brinker (brk) gene. Here we show that Schnurri (Shn), a large zinc-finger protein, is essential for Dpp-mediated repression of brk transcription; in contrast, Shn is not required for target-gene activation. Thus, the Dpp signalling pathway bifurcates, downstream of the signal-mediating SMAD proteins, into a Shn-dependent pathway leading to brk repression and a Shn-independent pathway leading to gene activation. The existence of several Shn-like proteins in vertebrates and the observation that Brk functions in BMP signalling in Xenopus indicates that a similar regulatory cascade may be conserved in higher organisms.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:1 October 2000
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:19
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 13:42
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:1465-7392
Publisher DOI:10.1038/35036383
PubMed ID:11025666
Citations:Google Scholar™

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