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PLoS One. 2014 Jun 25;9(6):e101141. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101141. eCollection 2014.

Lin-28 regulates oogenesis and muscle formation in Drosophila melanogaster.

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1
Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
2
Institute of Biotechnology, Developmental Biology Program, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

Understanding the control of stem cell (SC) differentiation is important to comprehend developmental processes as well as to develop clinical applications. Lin28 is a conserved molecule that is involved in SC maintenance and differentiation by regulating let-7 miRNA maturation. However, little is known about the in vivo function of Lin28. Here, we report critical roles for lin-28 during oogenesis. We found that let-7 maturation was increased in lin-28 null mutant fly ovaries. We showed that lin-28 null mutant female flies displayed reduced fecundity, due to defects in egg chamber formation. More specifically, we demonstrated that in mutant ovaries, the egg chambers fuse during early oogenesis resulting in abnormal late egg chambers. We also showed that this phenotype is the combined result of impaired germline SC differentiation and follicle SC differentiation. We suggest a model in which these multiple oogenesis defects result from a misregulation of the ecdysone signaling network, through the fine-tuning of Abrupt and Fasciclin2 expression. Our results give a better understanding of the evolutionarily conserved role of lin-28 on GSC maintenance and differentiation.

PMID:
24963666
PMCID:
PMC4071072
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0101141
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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