Title

senseless is necessary for the survival of embryonic salivary gland precursors in Drosophila

SMC Author

Vidya Chandrasekaran

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Author Role

co-author

Status

Faculty

School

School of Science

Department

Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2003

Publication Title

Development

Description/Abstract

Apoptosis in developing Drosophila embryos is rare and confined to specific groups of cells. We explain how one organ, salivary glands, of Drosophila embryos avoids apoptosis. senseless (sens), a Zn-finger transcription factor, is expressed in the salivary primordium and later in the differentiated salivary glands. The regulation of sens expression in the salivary placodes is more complex than observed in the embryonic PNS. We have shown that sens expression is initiated in the salivary placodes by fork head (fkh), a winged helix transcription factor. The expression of sens is maintained in the salivary glands by fkh and by daughterless (da), a bHLH family member. In this study, we have identified sage, a salivary-specific bHLH protein as a new heterodimeric partner for da protein in the salivary glands. In addition, our data suggest that sage RNAi embryos have a phenotype similar to sens and that sage is necessary to maintain expression of sens in the embryonic salivary glands. Furthermore, we show that in the salivary glands, sens acts as an anti-apoptotic protein by repressing reaper and possibly hid.

Keywords

Embryonic salivary glands, senseless, Lyra, Apoptosis, reaper, hid, Drosophilia

DOI

10.1242/dev.00677

Volume

130

First Page

4719

Last Page

4728

Disciplines

Biology | Life Sciences

Original Citation

Chandrasekaran V. and Beckendorf S. K.: senseless is necessary for the survival of embryonic salivary gland precursors in Drosophila. Development, 130: 4719-28, 2003. 10.1242/dev.00677 .

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