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Spatial regulation of proneural gene activity: auto- and cross-activation of achaete is antagonized by extramacrochaetae.

The spatially restricted activities of achaete (ac) and scute (sc) are thought to define proneural clusters of potential sensory organ precursor cells in the imaginal discs of Drosophila. These genes encode transcriptional regulators of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) class. We have found that direct, positive transcriptional autoregulation by the ac protein and cross-regulation by sc are essential for high-level expression of the ac promoter in the proneural cluster pattern and that autoactivation is important for the bristle-promoting function of the ac gene. These auto- and cross-regulatory activities are antagonized in a dose-dependent manner by the inhibitory HLH protein encoded by the extramacrochaetae (emc) gene. We have found that emc is expressed in the wing imaginal disc in a pattern strongly complementary to that of the proneural clusters. Our results indicate that emc plays an essential early role in defining territories of bristle-forming potential.[1]

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  1. Spatial regulation of proneural gene activity: auto- and cross-activation of achaete is antagonized by extramacrochaetae. Van Doren, M., Powell, P.A., Pasternak, D., Singson, A., Posakony, J.W. Genes Dev. (1992) [Pubmed]
 
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