An embryonic system to assess direct and indirect Wnt transcriptional targets.

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During animal development, complex signals determine and organize a vast number of tissues using a very small number of signal transduction pathways. These developmental signaling pathways determine cell fates through a coordinated transcriptional response that remains poorly understood. The Wnt pathway is involved in a variety of these cellular functions, and its signals are transmitted in part through a β-catenin/TCF transcriptional complex. Here we report an in vivo Drosophila assay that can be used to distinguish between activation, de-repression and repression of transcriptional responses, separating upstream and downstream pathway activation and canonical/non-canonical Wnt signals in embryos. We find specific sets of genes downstream of both β-catenin and TCF with an additional group of genes regulated by Wnt, while the non-canonical Wnt4 regulates a separate cohort of genes. We correlate transcriptional changes with phenotypic outcomes of cell differentiation and embryo size, showing our model can be used to characterize developmental signaling compartmentalization in vivo.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Suresh, J; Harmston, N; Lim, KK; Kaur, P; Jin, HJ; Lusk, JB; Petretto, E; Tolwinski, NS

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 11092 -

PubMed ID

  • 28894169

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5593962

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2045-2322

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2045-2322

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41598-017-11519-z


  • eng