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Genesis. 2008 May;46(5):265-75. doi: 10.1002/dvg.20391.

Notch and suppressor of Hairless regulate levels but not patterns of Delta expression in Drosophila.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

The Notch signal transduction pathway is highly conserved and governs many developmental decisions in metazoans. The ligand Delta, and its receptor Notch, are often expressed in complementary patterns during Drosophila postembryonic development. Notch signaling is thought to play a role in generation of these complementary patterns through feedback mechanisms that regulate Delta and Notch expression. We have examined Delta expression during postembryonic development, following global alteration of Notch-dependent or Su(H)-dependent transcriptional regulation. We find that Notch and Su(H) regulate Delta expression in a manner that varies by context. Surprisingly, we find that wild type Delta expression levels are influenced by Su(H)-dependent mechanisms only in regions of high Delta/low Notch expression. In contrast, Delta expression levels in regions of low Delta/high Notch expression appear to be unaffected by Su(H)-mediated regulation. We conclude that Notch pathway feedback regulation is unlikely to contribute to the generation of complementary patterns in the contexts examined.

(c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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