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Dev Biol. 2001 Aug 15;236(2):411-20.

Genetic dissection of the Drosophila Cubitus interruptus signaling complex.

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Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, 2153 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA.

Abstract

Much of our understanding of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway comes from Drosophila, where a gradient of Hh signaling regulates the function of the transcription factor Cubitus interruptus (Ci) at three levels: protein stabilization, nuclear import, and activation. Regulation of Ci occurs in a cytoplasmic complex containing Ci, the kinesin-like protein Costal-2 (Cos2), the serine-threonine kinase Fused (Fu), and the Suppressor of Fused [Su(fu)] protein. The mechanisms by which this complex responds to different levels of Hh signaling and establishes distinct domains of gene expression are not fully understood. By sequentially mutating components from the Ci signaling complex, their roles in each aspect of Ci regulation can be analyzed. The Cos2-Ci core complex is able to mediate Hh-regulated activation of Ci but is insufficient to regulate nuclear import and cleavage. Addition of Su(fu) to the core complex blocks nuclear import while the addition of Fu restores Hh regulation of Ci nuclear import and proteolytic cleavage. Fu participates in two partially redundant pathways to regulate Ci nuclear import; the kinase function plays a positive role by inhibiting Su(fu), and the regulatory domain plays a negative role in conjunction with Cos2.

PMID:
11476581
DOI:
10.1006/dbio.2001.0345
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