The SH2-containing tyrosine phosphatase corkscrew is required during signaling by sevenless, Ras1 and Raf

John D. Allard, Henry C. Chang, Ronald Herbst, Helen McNeill, Michael A. Simon

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Abstract

The sevenless gene encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase which is required for the development of the R7 photoreceptor cell in each ommatidium of the Drosophila eye. We have previously used a sensitized genetic screen to identify mutations, designated Enhancers of sevenless (E(sev)), which affect genes that encode components of the sevenless signaling pathway. Here, we report that one of these mutations, E(sev)1A(e0P) is a dominantly inhibiting allele of corkscrew, which encodes an SH2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase. We show that corkscrew function is essential for sevenless signaling and that expression of a membrane-targeted form of corkscrew can drive R7 photoreceptor development in the absence of sevenless function. Furthermore, we have used the dominantly inhibiting corkscrew allele to examine the role of corkscrew during signaling by activated forms of Ras1 and Raf. Our analysis indicates that corkscrew function is still required during signaling by activated Ras1 and Raf proteins. These results define a function for corkscrew that is either downstream of Ras1 activation or in a parallel pathway that acts with activated Ras1/Raf to specify R7 photoreceptor development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1146
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopment
Volume122
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996

Keywords

  • Cell signaling
  • Corkscrew
  • Drosophila
  • Ommatidium
  • Sevenless

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