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The phenotypes and genetic interactions associated with mutations in the Drosophila mastermind (mam) gene have implicated it as a component of the Notch signaling pathway. However, its function and site of action within many tissues requiring Notch signaling have not been thoroughly investigated. To address these questions, we have constructed truncated(More)
Mastermind (Mam) has been implicated as an important positive regulator of the Notch signaling pathway by genetic studies using Drosophila melanogaster. Here we describe a biochemical mechanism of action of Mam within the Notch signaling pathway. Expression of a human sequence related to Drosophila Mam (hMam-1) in mammalian cells augments induction of Hairy(More)
The principal transcription product of Notch, a locus involved in the neurogenesis of D. melanogaster, is a developmentally regulated poly(A)+ RNA approximately 10.5 kb in length. Analysis of the structure of this RNA has revealed a 93 bp repeated sequence that is shared by many other developmentally regulated transcription units. Nucleotide sequence(More)
During neurogenesis in the ventral nerve cord of the Drosophila embryo, Notch signaling participates in the pathway that mediates asymmetric fate specification to daughters of secondary neuronal precursor cells. In the NB4-2 --> GMC-1 --> RP2/sib lineage, a well-studied neuronal lineage in the ventral nerve cord, Notch signaling specifies sib fate to one of(More)
The neurogenic locus mastermind (mam) of Drosophila is required for the segregation of epidermal from neural cell lineages. Previous studies have shown that during neurogenesis mam appears to be expressed throughout the ectoderm, mesoderm, and neuroblast layer of the germ band. Here it is demonstrated that during early embryogenesis mam is expressed(More)
Interspecific sequence comparison of the highly repetitive Drosophila gene mastermind (mam) reveals extensive length variation in homopolymer domains. The length variation in homopolymers is due to nucleotide misalignment in the underlying triplet repeats, which can lead to slippage mutations during DNA replication or repair. In mam, the length variation in(More)
Targeted genetic studies can facilitate phenotypic analyses and provide important insights into development and other complex processes. The SWI2/SNF2 DNA-dependent ATPase Domino (Dom) of Drosophila melanogaster, a component of the Tip60 acetyltransferase complex, has been associated with a wide spectrum of cellular processes at multiple developmental(More)
Interspecific and intraspecific comparisons of protein coding and noncoding nucleotide sequences have improved our understanding of the function and molecular evolution of numerous genes. In addition to sequence comparisons, for complex developmental genes an interspecific comparison of RNA expression patterns can be informative (Lukowitz et al. 1994).(More)