Masquerade: a novel secreted serine protease-like molecule is required for somatic muscle attachment in the Drosophila embryo.

@article{MurugasuOei1995MasqueradeAN,
  title={Masquerade: a novel secreted serine protease-like molecule is required for somatic muscle attachment in the Drosophila embryo.},
  author={Bernadette Murugasu-Oei and Vanderlei Rodrigues and Xiaocui Yang and William N. Chia},
  journal={Genes & development},
  year={1995},
  volume={9 2},
  pages={139-54}
}
Diverse developmental processes, such as neuronal growth cone migration and cell shape changes, are mediated by the interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix. We describe here a secreted molecule encoded by the Drosophila masquerade (mas) gene. Total loss of mas function causes defective muscle attachment. This mutant phenotype suggests that mas normally acts to stabilize cell-matrix interaction and represents a novel functional and limiting component in the adhesion process. mas… CONTINUE READING
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