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Modifiers of notch transcriptional activity identified by genome-wide RNAi

  • Mourikis, Philippos1
  • Lake, Robert J2
  • Firnhaber, Christopher B3
  • DeDecker, Brian S3
  • 1 Pasteur Institute, CNRS URA 2578, Stem Cells & Development, Department of Developmental Biology, Paris, France , Paris (France)
  • 2 Epigenetics and Progenitor Cells Keystone Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 19111, USA , Philadelphia (United States)
  • 3 University of Colorado, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA , Boulder (United States)
Published Article
BMC Developmental Biology
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Oct 19, 2010
DOI: 10.1186/1471-213X-10-107
Springer Nature


BackgroundThe Notch signaling pathway regulates a diverse array of developmental processes, and aberrant Notch signaling can lead to diseases, including cancer. To obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the genetic network that integrates into Notch signaling, we performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in Drosophila cell culture to identify genes that modify Notch-dependent transcription.ResultsEmploying complementary data analyses, we found 399 putative modifiers: 189 promoting and 210 antagonizing Notch activated transcription. These modifiers included several known Notch interactors, validating the robustness of the assay. Many novel modifiers were also identified, covering a range of cellular localizations from the extracellular matrix to the nucleus, as well as a large number of proteins with unknown function. Chromatin-modifying proteins represent a major class of genes identified, including histone deacetylase and demethylase complex components and other chromatin modifying, remodeling and replacement factors. A protein-protein interaction map of the Notch-dependent transcription modifiers revealed that a large number of the identified proteins interact physically with these core chromatin components.ConclusionsThe genome-wide RNAi screen identified many genes that can modulate Notch transcriptional output. A protein interaction map of the identified genes highlighted a network of chromatin-modifying enzymes and remodelers that regulate Notch transcription. Our results open new avenues to explore the mechanisms of Notch signal regulation and the integration of this pathway into diverse cellular processes.

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