CORL expression in the Drosophila central nervous system is regulated by stage specific interactions of intertwined activators and repressors

Nancy L. Tran, Norma T. Takaesu, Elizabeth F. Cornell, Stuart Newfeld

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Abstract

CORL proteins (SKOR in mice and Fussel in humans) are a subfamily of central nervous system (CNS) specific proteins related to Sno/Ski oncogenes. Their developmental and homeostatic roles are largely unknown. We previously showed that Drosophila CORL (dCORL; fussel in Flybase) functions between the Activin receptor Baboon and Ecdysone Receptor-B1 (EcR-B1) activation in mushroom body neurons of third instar larval brains. To better understand dCORL regulation and function we generated a series of reporter genes. We examined the embryonic and larval CNS and found that dCORL is regulated by stage specific interactions between intertwined activators and repressors spanning numerous reporters. The reporter AH.lacZ, which contains sequences 7-11kb upstream of dCORL exon1, reflects dCORL brain expression at all stages. Surprisingly, AH.lacZ was not detected in EcR-B1 expressing mushroom body neurons. In larvae AH.lacZ is coexpressed with Elav and the transcription factor Drifter in dILP2 insulin producing cells of the pars intercerebralis. The presence of dCORL in insulin producing cells suggests that dCORL functions non-autonomously in the regulation of EcR-B1 mushroom body activation via the modulation of insulin signaling. Overall, the high level of sequence conservation seen in all CORL/SKOR/Fussel family members and their common CNS specificity suggest that similarly complex regulation and a potential function in insulin signaling are associated with SKOR/Fussel proteins in mammals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2527-2536
Number of pages10
JournalG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Keywords

  • DILP2
  • Drifter
  • Fussel/SKOR
  • Pars intercerebralis
  • Twin of eyeless

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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