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Genetics. 2008 Aug;179(4):1989-99. doi: 10.1534/genetics.108.090076. Epub 2008 Aug 9.

Drosophila LIM-only is a positive regulator of transcription during thoracic bristle development.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel.

Abstract

The Drosophila LIM-only (LMO) protein DLMO functions as a negative regulator of transcription during development of the fly wing. Here we report a novel role of DLMO as a positive regulator of transcription during the development of thoracic sensory bristles. We isolated new dlmo mutants, which lack some thoracic dorsocentral (DC) bristles. This phenotype is typical of malfunction of a thoracic multiprotein transcription complex, composed of CHIP, PANNIER (PNR), ACHAETE (AC), and DAUGHTERLESS (DA). Genetic interactions reveal that dlmo synergizes with pnr and ac to promote the development of thoracic DC bristles. Moreover, loss-of-function of dlmo reduces the expression of a reporter target gene of this complex in vivo. Using the GAL4-UAS system we also show that dlmo is spatially expressed where this complex is known to be active. Glutathione-S-transferase (GST)-pulldown assays showed that DLMO can physically bind CHIP and PNR through either of the two LIM domains of DLMO, suggesting that DLMO might function as part of this transcription complex in vivo. We propose that DLMO exerts its positive effect on DC bristle development by serving as a bridging molecule between components of the thoracic transcription complex.

PMID:
18689881
PMCID:
PMC2516074
DOI:
10.1534/genetics.108.090076
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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