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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-994

Burke, R; Nellen, D; Bellotto, M; Hafen, E; Senti, K A; Dickson, B J; Basler, K (1999). Dispatched, a novel sterol-sensing domain protein dedicated to the release of cholesterol-modified hedgehog from signaling cells. Cell, 99(7):803-815.

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Abstract

Members of the Hedgehog (Hh) family of secreted signaling proteins function as potent short-range organizers in animal development. Their range of action is limited by a C-terminal cholesterol tether and the upregulation of Patched (Ptc) receptor levels. Here we identify a novel segment-polarity gene in Drosophila, dispatched (disp), and demonstrate that its product is required in sending cells for normal Hh function. In the absence of Disp, cholesterol-modified but not cholesterol-free Hh is retained in these cells, indicating that Disp functions to release cholesterol-anchored Hh. Despite their opposite roles, Disp and Ptc share structural homology in the form of a sterol-sensing domain, suggesting that release and sequestration of cholesterol-modified Hh may be based on related molecular pathways.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:23 December 1999
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:19
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 16:51
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0092-8674
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81677-3
PubMed ID:10619433
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 298
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