Cooperation of JAK/STAT and Notch signaling in the Drosophila foregut

Dev Biol. 2004 Mar 1;267(1):181-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2003.11.016.


Temporal and spatial regulation of morphogenesis is pivotal to the formation of organs from simple epithelial tubes. In a genetic screen for novel genes controlling cell movement during posterior foregut development, we have identified and molecularly characterized two alleles of the domeless gene which encodes the Drosophila Janus kinase (JAK)/STAT receptor. We demonstrate that mutants for domeless or any other known component of the canonical JAK/STAT signaling pathway display a failure of coordinated cell movement during the development of the proventriculus, a multiply folded organ which is formed by stereotyped cell rearrangements in the posterior foregut. Whereas the JAK/STAT receptor is expressed in all proventricular precursor cells, expression of upd encoding its ligand and of STAT92E, the signal transducer of the pathway, is locally restricted to cells that invaginate during proventriculus development. We demonstrate by analyzing gene expression mediated by a model Notch response element and by studying the expression of the Notch target gene short stop, which encodes a cytoskeletal crosslinker protein, that JAK/STAT signaling is required for the activation of Notch-dependent gene expression in the foregut. Our results provide strong evidence that JAK/STAT and Notch signaling cooperate in the regulation of target genes that control epithelial morphogenesis in the foregut.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Epithelium / enzymology
  • Epithelium / metabolism
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Intestines / enzymology
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Notch
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • N protein, Drosophila
  • Receptors, Notch
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases