Interaction Between Torso and Dorsal, Two Elements of Different Transduction Pathways in the Drosophila Embryo

Mech Dev. 1991 Dec;36(1-2):41-5. doi: 10.1016/0925-4773(91)90070-m.

Abstract

Early development of the Drosophila embryo is under the control of some maternal genes responsible for the establishment of its general pattern. Three sets of genes determine the anteroposterior pattern; two distinct systems specify anterior and posterior development and a third one, the terminal system, is responsible for the development of the poles of the embryo. A different set of genes specifies dorsoventral polarity, which is established by the graded activity of the dorsal gene product. Here I analyze the effect of the terminal system on the expression of two zygotic genes involved in dorsoventral pattern, snail and decapentaplegic, and I show that this effect is mediated by a reduction on dorsal activity by the terminal system. Due to the interaction of these two systems, both of which use transmembrane signalling mechanisms, the poles adopt a more dorsalized fate than their counterparts in the middle of the embryo.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila Proteins*
  • Female
  • Insect Hormones / genetics
  • Insect Hormones / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Phosphoproteins*
  • Signal Transduction* / physiology
  • Transcription Factors*

Substances

  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Insect Hormones
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • dl protein, Drosophila
  • dpp protein, Drosophila