Multipotent versus differentiated cell fate selection in the developing Drosophila airways
Number of Authors: 4
2015 (English)In: eLIFE, E-ISSN 2050-084X, Vol. 4, e09646Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Developmental potentials of cells are tightly controlled at multiple levels. The embryonic Drosophila airway tree is roughly subdivided into two types of cells with distinct developmental potentials: a proximally located group of multipotent adult precursor cells (P-fate) and a distally located population of more differentiated cells (D-fate). We show that the GATA-family transcription factor (TF) Grain promotes the P-fate and the POU-homeobox TF Ventral veinless (Vvl/Drifter/U-turned) stimulates the D-fate. Hedgehog and receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling cooperate with Vvl to drive the D-fate at the expense of the P-fate while negative regulators of either of these signaling pathways ensure P-fate specification. Local concentrations of Decapentaplegic/BMP, Wingless/Wnt, and Hedgehog signals differentially regulate the expression of D-factors and P-factors to transform an equipotent primordial field into a concentric pattern of radially different morphogenetic potentials, which gradually gives rise to the distal-proximal organization of distinct cell types in the mature airway.
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2015. Vol. 4, e09646
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130019DOI: 10.7554/eLife.09646ISI: 000373813200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130019DiVA: diva2:927051