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EMBO J. 2006 Dec 13;25(24):5783-93. Epub 2006 Nov 30.

Drosophila homologs of mammalian TNF/TNFR-related molecules regulate segregation of Miranda/Prospero in neuroblasts.

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Drosophila Neurobiology Lab, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Proteos Building, 61 Biopolis Drive, Singapore 138673, Singapore.

Abstract

During neuroblast (NB) divisions, cell fate determinants Prospero (Pros) and Numb, together with their adaptor proteins Miranda (Mira) and Partner of Numb, localize to the basal cell cortex at metaphase and segregate exclusively to the future ganglion mother cells (GMCs) at telophase. In inscuteable mutant NBs, these basal proteins are mislocalized during metaphase. However, during anaphase/telophase, these mutant NBs can partially correct these earlier localization defects and redistribute cell fate determinants as crescents to the region where the future GMC "buds" off. This compensatory mechanism has been referred to as "telophase rescue". We demonstrate that the Drosophila homolog of the mammalian tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated factor (DTRAF1) and Eiger (Egr), the homolog of the mammalian TNF, are required for telophase rescue of Mira/Pros. DTRAF1 localizes as an apical crescent in metaphase NBs and this apical localization requires Bazooka (Baz) and Egr. The Mira/Pros telophase rescue seen in inscuteable mutant NBs requires DTRAF1. Our data suggest that DTRAF1 binds to Baz and acts downstream of Egr in the Mira/Pros telophase rescue pathway.

PMID:
17139248
PMCID:
PMC1698905
DOI:
10.1038/sj.emboj.7601461
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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