F. Shira Neuman-Silberberg

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In Drosophila, the dorsal-ventral polarity of the egg chamber depends on the localization of the oocyte nucleus and the gurken RNA to the dorsal-anterior corner of the oocyte. Gurken protein presumably acts as a ligand for the Drosophila EGF receptor (torpedo/DER) expressed in the somatic follicle cells surrounding the oocyte. cornichon is a gene required(More)
Cell-cell interactions in the Drosophila ovary play a crucial role in the establishment of dorsoventral polarity of both the egg shell and the future embryo. Torpedo/DER (top/DER), a homolog of the vertebrate epidermal growth factor receptor, is required for this signaling process in the somatic cells of the ovary. In contrast, gurken (grk), which also(More)
The Drosophila gene gurken participates in a signaling process that occurs between the germ line and the somatic cells (follicle cells) of the ovary. This process is required for correct patterning of the dorsoventral axis of both the egg and the embryo. gurken produces a spatially localized transcript which encodes a TGF-alpha-like molecule(More)
The establishment of anterior-posterior and dorsal-ventral polarity of the Drosophila egg and embryo depends on the function of the genes gurken, cornichon and Egfr (Drosophila epidermal growth factor receptor homolog). These genes encode components of a signal transduction pathway that transmits information between the germline cells and the somatic(More)
By differential hybridization, we identified a number of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae that are activated by addition of cyclic AMP (cAMP) to cAMP-depleted cells. A majority, but not all, of these genes encode ribosomal proteins. While expression of these genes is also induced by addition of the appropriate nutrient to cells starved for a nitrogen(More)
Three Drosophila genes homologous to the Ha-ras probe were isolated and mapped to positions 85D, 64B, and 62B on chromosome 3. Two of these genes (termed Dras 1 and Dras 2) were sequenced. In the case of Dras 1, which contains multiple introns, a cDNA clone was isolated and sequenced. In the case of Dras2, the nucleotide sequence fo the genomic clone was(More)
spoonbill is a Drosophila female-sterile mutation, which displays a range of eggshell and egg chamber patterning defects. Previous analysis has shown that the mutation interfered with the function of two major signaling pathways, GRK/EGFR and DPP. In this report, the nature of spoonbill was further investigated to examine whether it was associated with(More)
We have identified a new mutation, spoonbill (spoon), which interferes with two developmental processes during Drosophila oogenesis, nurse cell-nuclei chromatin organization and anterior-dorsal patterning of the eggshell. Here, we describe the localization patterns of key regulators of axis determination and the expression of follicle cell-specific markers(More)
During oogenesis in Drosophila, mRNAs encoding determinants required for the polarization of egg and embryo become localized in the oocyte in a spatially restricted manner. The TGF-alpha like signaling molecule Gurken has a central role in the polarization of both body axes and the corresponding mRNA displays a unique localization pattern, accumulating(More)
The establishment of axial polarity in the Drosophila egg and embryo depends on intercellular communication between two cell types in the ovary, the germline, and the soma. The genes gurken and egfr encode two essential players of this communication pathway. Gurken protein, a TGF-alpha-like molecule, is expressed in the germline, while the EGF-receptor(More)