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Dev Biol. 2001 Mar 1;231(1):217-33.

neuralized functions cell-autonomously to regulate a subset of notch-dependent processes during adult Drosophila development.

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, 539 Life Sciences Addition, Berkeley, California 94720, USA.

Abstract

neuralized (neu) represents one of the strong neurogenic mutants in Drosophila. Mutants of this class display, among other phenotypes, a strong overcommitment to neural fates at the expense of epidermal fates. We analyzed the role of neu during adult development by using mutant clonal analysis, misexpression of wild-type and truncated forms of Neu, and examination of genetic interactions with N-pathway mutations. We find that neu is required cell-autonomously for lateral inhibition during peripheral neurogenesis and for multiple asymmetric cell divisions in the sensory lineage. In contrast, neu is apparently dispensable for other N-mediated processes, including lateral inhibition during wing vein development and wing margin induction. Misexpression of wild-type Neu causes defects in both peripheral neurogenesis and wing vein development, while a truncated form lacking the RING finger is further capable of inhibiting formation of the wing margin. In addition, the phenotypes produced by misexpression of wild-type and truncated Neu proteins are sensitive to the dosage of several N-pathway components. Finally, using epitope-tagged Neu proteins, we localize Neu to the plasma membrane and reveal a novel morphology to the sensory organ precursor cells of wing imaginal discs. Collectively, these data indicate a key role for neu in the reception of the lateral inhibitory signal during peripheral neurogenesis.

PMID:
11180964
DOI:
10.1006/dbio.2000.0124
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