A MAPK docking site is critical for downregulation of Capicua by Torso and EGFR RTK signaling

EMBO J. 2007 Feb 7;26(3):668-77. doi: 10.1038/sj.emboj.7601532. Epub 2007 Jan 25.

Abstract

Early Drosophila development requires two receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) pathways: the Torso and the Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathways, which regulate terminal and dorsal-ventral patterning, respectively. Previous studies have shown that these pathways, either directly or indirectly, lead to post-transcriptional downregulation of the Capicua repressor in the early embryo and in the ovary. Here, we show that both regulatory effects are direct and depend on a MAPK docking site in Capicua that physically interacts with the MAPK Rolled. Capicua derivatives lacking this docking site cause dominant phenotypes similar to those resulting from loss of Torso and EGFR activities. Such phenotypes arise from inappropriate repression of genes normally expressed in response to Torso and EGFR signaling. Our results are consistent with a model whereby Capicua is the main nuclear effector of the Torso pathway, but only one of different effectors responding to EGFR signaling. Finally, we describe differences in the modes of Capicua downregulation by Torso and EGFR signaling, raising the possibility that such differences contribute to the tissue specificity of both signals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites / genetics
  • Body Patterning / genetics*
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila Proteins / genetics
  • Drosophila Proteins / metabolism*
  • ErbB Receptors / metabolism*
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases / metabolism
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
  • HMGB Proteins
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Ovary / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide / metabolism*
  • Repressor Proteins / genetics
  • Repressor Proteins / metabolism*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Signal Transduction / genetics*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques

Substances

  • Drosophila Proteins
  • HMGB Proteins
  • Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide
  • Repressor Proteins
  • cic protein, Drosophila
  • Protein Kinases
  • Egfr protein, Drosophila
  • ErbB Receptors
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • tor protein, Drosophila
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases
  • rl protein, Drosophila

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AAH58665
  • GENBANK/AAK73515
  • GENBANK/CAD44099
  • GENBANK/CAF90910
  • RefSeq/XP_395209