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Chien, C.T., Hsiao, C.D., Jan, L.Y., Jan, Y.N. (1996). Neuronal type information encoded in the basic-helix-loop-helix domain of proneural genes.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 93(23): 13239--13244.
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FBrf0090496
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The proneural genes encode basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins and promote the formation of distinct types of sensory organs. In Drosophila, two sets of proneural genes, atonal (ato) and members of the achaete-scute complex (ASC), are required for the formation of chordotonal (ch) organs and external sensory (es) organs, respectively. We assayed the production of sensory organs in transgenic flies expressing chimeric genes of ato and scute (sc), a member of ASC, and found that the information that specifies ch organs resides in the bHLH domain of ato; chimeras containing the b domain of ato and the HLH domain of sc also induced ch organ formation, but to a lesser extent than those containing the bHLH domain of ato. The b domains of ato and sc differ in seven residues. Mutations of these seven residues in the b domain of ato suggest that most or perhaps all of these residues are required for induction of ch organs. None of these seven residues is predicted to contact DNA directly by computer simulation using the structure of the myogenic factor MyoD as a model, implying that interaction of ato with other cofactors is likely to be involved in neuronal type specification.

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PMC24077 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    English
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    Abbreviation
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    Publication Year
    1915-
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    0027-8424
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