Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 Jul 5;260(2):459-65.

Identification and expression of a novel family of bHLH cDNAs related to Drosophila hairy and enhancer of split.

Author information

  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77030, USA.

Abstract

In this report we describe the initial characterization of murine, human, and Drosophila hesr-1 (for hairy and enhancer of split related-1) a novel evolutionary conserved family of hairy/enhancer of split homologs. Hesr-1 cDNAs display features typical of hairy and enhancer of split-type bHLH proteins including a N-terminal bHLH domain a conserved orange domain immediately C-terminal to the bHLH region. Despite their similarity to known hairy/enhancer of split homologs, hesr-1 cDNAs are divergent members of the hairy and enhancer of split bHLH family since the degree of sequence identity within the bHLH and their nearest homologs are relatively low. Moreover, the tetrapeptide motif, WRPW, which is found in all hairy and enhancer of split family members, is not present in hesr-1. Rather, a variant of this motif, YRPW, is found. Analysis of embryonic murine hesr-1 expression by in situ hybridization reveals strong expression in the somitic mesoderm, the central nervous system, the kidney, the heart, nasal epithelium, and limbs indicating a role for hesr-1 in the development of these tissues. Like the enhancer of split cDNAs in Drosophila, we show that hesr-1 expression depends critically on signaling through the notch pathway in murine embryos, suggesting that aspects of hesr-1 regulation and function might also be evolutionary conserved.

Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

PMID:
10403790
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk