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Guidance of axons towards or away from the midline of the central nervous system during Drosophila embryogenesis reflects a balance of attractive and repulsive cues originating from the midline. Here we demonstrate that Slit, a protein secreted by the midline glial cells provides a repulsive cue for the growth cones of axons and muscle cells. Embryos(More)
Slit is a repellent axon guidance cue produced by the midline glia in Drosophila that is required to regulate the formation of contralateral projections and the lateral position of longitudinal tracts. Four sequence motifs comprise the structure of Slit: a leucine-rich repeat (LRR), epidermal growth factor-like (EGF) repeats, a laminin-like globular(More)
Integrins are concentrated within growth cones, but their contribution to axon extension and pathfinding is unclear. Genetic lesion of individual integrins does not stop growth cone extension or motility, but does increase axon defasciculation and axon tract displacement. In this study, we document a dosage-dependent phenotypic interaction between genes for(More)
mRNA decapping is a common step shared between two important mRNA decay pathways in yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. To investigate how mRNAs are decapped, we have developed an assay that can be easily used to measure the decapping activity. This assay has been used to isolate yeast strains with altered decapping activities. The results demonstrated that(More)
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