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Title: Binding of the Vestigial co-factor switches the DNA-target selectivity of the Scalloped selector protein
Authors: Halder, Georg ×
Carroll, S B #
Issue Date: Sep-2001
Publisher: Company of Biologists
Series Title: Development vol:128 issue:17 pages:3295-305
Abstract: The formation and identity of organs and appendages are regulated by specific selector genes that encode transcription factors that regulate potentially large sets of target genes. The DNA-binding domains of selector proteins often exhibit relatively low DNA-binding specificity in vitro. It is not understood how the target selectivity of most selector proteins is determined in vivo. The Scalloped selector protein controls wing development in Drosophila by regulating the expression of numerous target genes and forming a complex with the Vestigial protein. We show that binding of Vestigial to Scalloped switches the DNA-binding selectivity of Scalloped. Two conserved domains of the Vestigial protein that are not required for Scalloped binding in solution are required for the formation of the heterotetrameric Vestigial-Scalloped complex on DNA. We suggest that Vestigial affects the conformation of Scalloped to create a wing cell-specific DNA-binding selectivity. The modification of selector protein DNA-binding specificity by co-factors appears to be a general mechanism for regulating their target selectivity in vivo.
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ISSN: 0950-1991
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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