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Notch signaling through Tramtrack bypasses the mitosis promoting activity of the JNK pathway in the mitotic-to-endocycle transition of Drosophila follicle cells

Katherine C Jordan, Valerie Schaeffer, Karin A Fischer, Elizabeth E Gray and Hannele Ruohola-Baker*

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Department of Biochemistry, Box 357350, 1959 NE Pacific Street, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

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BMC Developmental Biology 2006, 6:16  doi:10.1186/1471-213X-6-16

Published: 16 March 2006

Abstract

Background

The follicle cells of the Drosophila egg chamber provide an excellent model in which to study modulation of the cell cycle. During mid-oogenesis, the follicle cells undergo a variation of the cell cycle, endocycle, in which the cells replicate their DNA, but do not go through mitosis. Previously, we showed that Notch signaling is required for the mitotic-to-endocycle transition, through downregulating String/Cdc25, and Dacapo/p21 and upregulating Fizzy-related/Cdh1.

Results

In this paper, we show that Notch signaling is modulated by Shaggy and temporally induced by the ligand Delta, at the mitotic-to-endocycle transition. In addition, a downstream target of Notch, tramtrack, acts at the mitotic-to-endocycle transition. We also demonstrate that the JNK pathway is required to promote mitosis prior to the transition, independent of the cell cycle components acted on by the Notch pathway.

Conclusion

This work reveals new insights into the regulation of Notch-dependent mitotic-to-endocycle switch.