Open Close
Reference
Citation
Wang, X., Lee, C., Gilmour, D.S., Gergen, J.P. (2007). Transcription elongation controls cell fate specification in the Drosophila embryo.  Genes Dev. 21(9): 1031--1036.
FlyBase ID
FBrf0200747
Publication Type
Research paper
Abstract

The simple combinatorial rules for regulation of the sloppy-paired-1 (slp1) gene by the pair-rule transcription factors during early Drosophila embryogenesis offer a unique opportunity to investigate the molecular mechanisms of developmentally regulated transcription repression. We find that the initial repression of slp1 in response to Runt and Fushi-tarazu (Ftz) does not involve chromatin remodeling, or histone modification. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and in vivo footprinting experiments indicate RNA polymerase II (Pol II) initiates transcription in slp1-repressed cells and pauses downstream from the promoter in a complex that includes the negative elongation factor NELF. The finding that NELF also associates with the promoter regions of wingless (wg) and engrailed (en), two other pivotal targets of the pair-rule transcription factors, strongly suggests that developmentally regulated transcriptional elongation is central to the process of cell fate specification during this critical stage of embryonic development.

PubMed ID
PubMed Central ID
PMC1855229 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
Associated Information
Comments
Associated Files
Other Information
Secondary IDs
    Language of Publication
    English
    Additional Languages of Abstract
    Parent Publication
    Publication Type
    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Genes Dev.
    Title
    Genes & Development
    Publication Year
    1987-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0890-9369
    Data From Reference
    Alleles (5)
    Genes (15)
    Transgenic Constructs (4)