Negative modulation of bone morphogenetic protein signaling by Dullard during wing vein formation in Drosophila

Dev Growth Differ. 2011 Aug;53(6):822-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-169X.2011.01289.x. Epub 2011 Jul 26.


Studies in Xenopus have shown that the C-terminal domain phosphatase-like domain (CPD) phosphatase Dullard is essential for proper neural development via inhibition of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling receptors. In contrast, the orthologous budding yeast Nem1 and human Dullard have been shown to dephosphorylate the phosphatidate phosphatases yeast Smp2/Pah1 and human Lipin, and the relationship between phospholipid metabolism and BMP signaling remain unsolved. Here we report evidence that the Dullard-Lipin phosphatase cascade in Drosophila can regulate BMP signaling, most likely by affecting the function of the nuclear envelope. Manipulating expression levels of either the Drosophila Dullard gene, d-dullard (ddd) or the Lipin gene, DmLpin affected wing vein formation in a manner suggesting a negative effect on BMP signaling. Furthermore, both genes exhibit genetic interaction with BMP signaling pathway components, and can affect the levels of phosphorylated-Mothers against dpp (p-Mad). Although changing ddd expression levels did not have an obvious effect on overall nuclear envelope morphology as has been shown for yeast nem1, the nuclear import machinery components Importin-β and RanGAP were mislocalized and membrane lipid staining was altered in cells overexpressing ddd. Considering the known genetic interaction between Nup84 complex nucleoporins and nem1 in yeast, and the recently reported requirement for components from the orthologous nucleoporin complex in the nuclear translocation of Drosophila Mad (Chen & Xu 2010), it is likely that the role of Drosophila Dullard in regulating membrane lipid homeostasis is conserved and is critical for normal BMP signaling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins / genetics
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila / metabolism
  • Drosophila Proteins / genetics
  • Drosophila Proteins / metabolism*
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / genetics
  • Female
  • GTPase-Activating Proteins / metabolism
  • Gene Dosage
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics
  • Genetic Vectors / metabolism
  • Larva / cytology
  • Larva / growth & development
  • Larva / metabolism
  • Male
  • Membrane Lipids / metabolism
  • Mutation
  • Nuclear Envelope / metabolism
  • Phenotype
  • Phosphatidate Phosphatase / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Transgenes
  • Wings, Animal / cytology
  • Wings, Animal / embryology*
  • Wings, Animal / metabolism
  • beta Karyopherins / metabolism


  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Fs(2)Ket protein, Drosophila
  • GTPase-Activating Proteins
  • Lpin protein, Drosophila
  • MAD protein, Drosophila
  • Membrane Lipids
  • RanGAP protein, Drosophila
  • Transcription Factors
  • beta Karyopherins
  • Phosphatidate Phosphatase