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Signaling by DER, the Drosophila epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK), is essential for proper migration and survival of midline glial cells (MGCs) in the embryonic central nervous system (CNS) [1-4]. We recently isolated a gene called split ends (spen) in a screen designed to identify new components of the RTK/Ras pathway [5]. Drosophila(More)
Wingless directs many developmental processes in Drosophila by regulating expression of specific target genes through a conserved signaling pathway. Although many nuclear factors have been implicated in mediating Wingless-induced transcription, the mechanism of how Wingless regulates different targets in different tissues remains poorly understood. We(More)
The guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Son-of-sevenless (Sos) encodes a complex multidomain protein best known for its role in activating the small GTPase RAS in response to receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) stimulation. Much less well understood is SOS's role in modulating RAC activity via a separate GEF domain. In the course of a genetic modifier(More)
Nipbl (Scc2) and Mau2 (Scc4) encode evolutionary conserved proteins that play a vital role for loading the cohesin complex onto chromosomes, thereby ensuring accurate chromosome segregation during cell division. While mutations in human NIPBL are known to cause the developmental disorder Cornelia de Lange syndrome, the functions of Nipbl and Mau2 in(More)
FLT3 mutation is found in about 30% of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients and is associated with a poor prognosis. Several FLT3 inhibitors are undergoing investigation, while their clinical efficacies were lower than expected and several resistant mechanisms to FLT3 inhibitors have been demonstrated. Although most AML cells harboring FLT3 mutation(More)
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