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Neuron. 2002 Jan 3;33(1):35-46.

Drosophila JAB1/CSN5 acts in photoreceptor cells to induce glial cells.

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Department of Biological Chemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.


Different classes of photoreceptor neurons (R cells) in the Drosophila compound eye form connections in different optic ganglia. The R1-R6 subclass connects to the first optic ganglion, the lamina, and relies upon glial cells as intermediate targets. Conversely, R cells promote glial cell development including migration of glial cells into the target region. Here, we show that the JAB1/CSN5 subunit of the COP9 signalosome complex is expressed in R cells, accumulates in the developing optic lobe neuropil, and through the analysis of a unique set of missense mutations, is required in R cells to induce lamina glial cell migration. In these CSN5 alleles, R1-R6 targeting is disrupted. Genetic analysis of protein null alleles further revealed that the COP9 signalosome is required at an earlier stage of development for R cell differentiation.

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