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Song, J.K., Giniger, E. (2011). Noncanonical notch function in motor axon guidance is mediated by Rac GTPase and the GEF1 domain of trio.  Dev. Dyn. 240(2): 324--332.
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FBrf0212819
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Research paper
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The receptor Notch interacts with the Abl tyrosine kinase signaling pathway to control axon growth and guidance in Drosophila motor neurons. In part, this is mediated by binding to Trio, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for Rho GTPases. We show here that one of the two GEF domains of Trio, the Rac-specific GEF1, is essential for Trio-dependent motor axon guidance and for the genetic suppression of Notch function in motor axon patterning, but the Rho-specific GEF2 domain is not. Consistent with this, we show that Rac, and not Rho1 or Cdc42, interacts genetically with Notch in a manner indistinguishable from that of bona fide Abl signaling components. We infer, therefore, that Rac is a key component of Abl signaling in Drosophila motor axons, and specifically that it is the crucial Rho GTPase in "noncanonical" Notch/Abl signaling.

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PMC3070923 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Dev. Dyn.
    Title
    Developmental Dynamics
    Publication Year
    1992-
    ISBN/ISSN
    1058-8388
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