Open Close
Reference
Citation
Dottermusch-Heidel, C., Groth, V., Beck, L., Onel, S.F. (2012). The Arf-GEF Schizo/Loner regulates N-cadherin to induce fusion competence of Drosophila myoblasts.  Dev. Biol. 368(1): 18--27.
FlyBase ID
FBrf0218661
Publication Type
Research paper
Abstract

Myoblast fusion is a key process in multinucleated muscle formation. Prior to fusion, myoblasts recognize and adhere to each other with the aid of cell-adhesion proteins integrated into the membrane. Their intracellular domains participate in signal transduction by binding to cytoplasmic proteins. Here we identified the calcium-dependent cell-adhesion protein N-cadherin as the binding partner of the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor Schizo/Loner in Drosophila melanogaster. N-cadherin was expressed in founder cells and fusion-competent myoblasts of Drosophila during the first fusion phase. Our genetic analyses demonstrated that the myoblast fusion defect of schizo/loner mutants is rescued in part by the loss-of-function mutation of N-cadherin, which suggests that Schizo/Loner is a negative regulator of N-cadherin. Based on our findings, we propose a model where N-cadherin must be removed from the myoblast membrane to induce a protein-free zone at the cell-cell contact point to permit fusion.

PubMed ID
PubMed Central ID
Associated Information
Comments
Associated Files
Other Information
Secondary IDs
    Language of Publication
    English
    Additional Languages of Abstract
    Parent Publication
    Publication Type
    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Dev. Biol.
    Title
    Developmental Biology
    Publication Year
    1959-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0012-1606
    Data From Reference