Neuronal development in C . elegans is regulated by inhibition of an MLK MAP kinase pathway

We show that loss-of-function mutations in kinases of the MLK-1 pathway (mlk-1, mek-1, and kbg-1/jnk) function cell autonomously in neurons to suppress defects in synapse formation and axon termination caused by rpm-1 loss of function. Our genetic analysis also suggests that the phosphatase PPM-1, like RPM-1, is a potential inhibitor of kinases in the MLK-1… CONTINUE READING