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Ras signaling elicits diverse outputs, yet how Ras specificity is generated remains incompletely understood. We demonstrate that Wingless (Wg) and Decapentaplegic (Dpp) confer competence for receptor tyrosine kinase-mediated induction of a subset of Drosophila muscle and cardiac progenitors by acting both upstream of and in parallel to Ras. In addition to(More)
In this study we investigate the gene regulatory functions of Drosophila Fish-hook (Fish), a high mobility group (HMG) Sox protein that is essential for embryonic segmentation. We show that the Fish HMG domain binds to the vertebrate Sox protein consensus DNA binding sites, AACAAT and AACAAAG, and that this binding induces an 85 degrees DNA bend. In(More)
The even-skipped (eve) gene of Drosophila melanogaster has been intensively studied as a model for spatial and temporal control of gene expression, using in vitro and transgenic techniques. Here, the study of eve is extended, using evolutionary conservation of DNA sequences. Conservation of much of the protein, and of known regulatory elements, supports(More)
The even-skipped (eve) gene of Drosophila melanogaster is a crucial member of the pair-rule class of segmentation genes. We report here the characterization of a 16-kb region sufficient for all known aspects of eve expression and the rescue of an eve null mutation. We began by examining 45 kb surrounding the eve coding sequence for DNaseI hypersensitive(More)
BACKGROUND The Drosophila gene runt plays multiple roles during embryogenesis, including one as a pair-rule class segmentation gene. The runt protein (Runt) contains an evolutionarily conserved domain (the Runt domain) that is found in several mammalian proteins including the human protein AML1, which is involved in many chromosome translocations associated(More)
The Drosophila genome project has reported a previously unknown gene, CG12134, based on computational analysis. This putative gene is adjacent to even-skipped (eve), in a region previously characterized as part of the eve regulatory region. We therefore chose to explore CG12134, to see whether information existed that would support or refute the existence(More)
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