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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)
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