Transcriptional activation domains of the single-minded bHLH protein are required for CNS midline cell development

Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles 90024.
Mechanisms of Development (Impact Factor: 2.44). 04/1994; 45(3):269-77. DOI: 10.1016/0925-4773(94)90013-2
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The single-minded gene functions as a master developmental regulator within the midline cell lineage of the embryonic central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster. Genetic experiments suggest that Single-minded can function as a transcriptional activator. Regions of the Single-minded protein were fused to the DNA binding domain of the mammalian transcription factor Sp1 and shown to activate transcription from a reporter gene linked to Sp1 binding sites. Three independent activation domains were identified in the carboxy terminal region of Single-minded that include areas rich in serine, threonine, glutamine and proline residues. Germ line transformation experiments indicate that the carboxy terminal activation domains, the PAS dimerization domain, and the putative DNA binding basic domain of Single-minded are required for expression of CNS midline genes in vivo. These results define in vivo a functional activation domain within Single-minded and suggest a model in which Single-minded activates transcription through a direct interaction with promoter elements of CNS midline genes.

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    • "(4–6). Their Drosophila homologue, dSim, encodes a positively acting, master regulator of central nervous system (CNS) midline development (7–10). As with dSIM, SIM2 appears to have key neurological functions. "
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    • "Sim1, a second mammalian homologue of sim, shares a high degree of sequence identity with Sim2 in the N-terminal bHLH and PAS dimerization domains (Ema et al., 1996; Fan et al., 1996). In general, bHLH-PAS family members heterodimerize to form transcriptional activators, an activity mediated through C-terminal domains (Franks and Crews, 1994; Jain et al., 1994). Sim1 and Sim2 may differ in this regard, as heterodimers between either protein and the aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator (ARNT) have been shown to be transcriptional repressors in human embryonic kidney and COS-7 cell culture systems (Ema et al., 1996; Moffett et al., 1997). "
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