The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A Ras-mediated signal transduction pathway is involved in the control of sex myoblast migration in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Sex myoblast migration in the Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite represents a simple, genetically amenable model system for studying how cell migration is regulated during development. Two separable components of sex myoblast guidance have been described: a gonad-independent mechanism sufficient for the initial anterior migration to the mid-body region, and a gonad-dependent mechanism required for precise final positioning (J. H. Thomas, M. J. Stern and H. R. Horvitz (1990) Cell 62, 1041-1052). Here, we demonstrate a role for a Ras-mediated signal transduction pathway in controlling sex myoblast migration. Loss-of-function mutations in let-60 ras, ksr-1, lin-45 raf, let-537/mek-2 or sur-1/mpk-1 cause defects in sex myoblast final positions that resemble those seen in gonad-ablated animals, while constitutively active let-60 ras(G13E) trans-genes allow fairly precise positioning to occur in the absence of the gonad. A mosaic analysis demonstrated that let-60 ras is required within the sex myoblasts to control proper positioning. Our results suggest that gonadal signals normally stimulate let-60 ras activity in the sex myoblasts, thereby making them competent to sense or respond to positional cues that determine the precise endpoint of migration. let-60 ras may have additional roles in sex myoblast guidance as well. Finally, we have also investigated genetic interactions between let-60 ras and other genes important for sex myoblast migration, including egl-15, which encodes a fibroblast growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase (D. L. DeVore, H. R. Horvitz and M. J. Stern (1995) Cell 83, 611-623). Since mutations reducing Ras pathway activity cause a different phenotype than those reducing egl-15 activity and since constitutive Ras activity only partially suppresses the migration defects of egl-15 mutants, we argue that let-60 ras and egl-15 do not act together in a single linear pathway.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities