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Multipotent versus differentiated cell fate selection in the developing Drosophila airways

  1. Ryo Matsuda
  2. Chie Hosono
  3. Christos Samakovlis  Is a corresponding author
  4. Kaoru Saigo
  1. Stockholm University, Sweden
  2. University of Tokyo, Japan
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Cite this article as: eLife 2015;4:e09646 doi: 10.7554/eLife.09646

Abstract

Developmental potentials of cells are tightly controlled at multiple levels. The embryonic Drosophila airway tree is roughly subdivided into 2 types of cells with distinct developmental potentials: A proximally located group of multipotent adult precursor cells (P-fate) and a distally located population of more differentiated cells (D-fate). We show that the GATA-family transcription factor (TF) Grain promotes the P-fate and the POU-homeobox TF Ventral veinless (Vvl/Drifter/U-turned) stimulates the D-fate. Hedgehog and receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling cooperate with Vvl to drive the D-fate at the expense of the P-fate while negative regulators of either of these signaling pathways ensure P-fate specification. Local concentrations of Decapentaplegic/BMP, Wingless/Wnt and Hedgehog signals differentially regulate the expression of D-factors and P-factors to transform an equipotent primordial field into a concentric pattern of radially different morphogenetic potentials, which gradually gives rise to the distal-proximal organization of distinct cell types in the mature airway.

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  1. Ryo Matsuda

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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  2. Chie Hosono

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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  3. Christos Samakovlis

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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  4. Kaoru Saigo

    Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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  1. K VijayRaghavan, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, India

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  1. Received: June 24, 2015
  2. Accepted: December 2, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 2, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: February 23, 2016 (version 2)

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© 2015, Matsuda et al.

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