RRC ID 47790
Author Ferguson GB, Martinez-Agosto JA.
Title The TEAD family transcription factor Scalloped regulates blood progenitor maintenance and proliferation in Drosophila through PDGF/VEGFR receptor (Pvr) signaling.
Journal Dev Biol
Abstract The Drosophila lymph gland is a well-characterized hematopoietic organ in which a population of multipotent stem-like progenitors is maintained by a combination of signals from different cellular populations within the organ. The lymph gland serves as an ideal model both for the interrogation of signaling mechanisms involved in progenitor maintenance as well as a tool for the identification of novel regulatory mechanisms in the highly conserved process of hematopoiesis. Here, we demonstrate a requirement for the TEAD transcription factor Scalloped in the maintenance and proliferation of hematopoietic progenitors. We have characterized a novel population of hemocytes in the early lymph gland identified by the expression of Hand, Scalloped, and the PVR ligand PVF2. In this unique population, we show that Scalloped maintains PVF2 expression, which is required for hemocyte proliferation and achievement of normal lymph gland size. We further demonstrate that STAT signaling marks actively proliferating hemocytes in the early lymph gland, and inhibition of this pathway causes decreased lymph gland growth similar to loss of Scalloped and PVF2, demonstrating a requirement for PVR/STAT signaling in the regulation of lymph gland size. Finally, we demonstrate that Scalloped regulates PVR expression and the maintenance of progenitors downstream of PVR/STAT/ADGF signaling. These findings further establish the role of the TEAD family transcription factors in the regulation of important signaling molecules, and expand our mechanistic insight into the balance between progenitor maintenance and proliferation required for the regulation of lymph gland homeostasis.
Volume 425(1)
Pages 21-32
Published 2017-5-1
DOI 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.03.016
PII S0012-1606(16)30368-2
PMID 28322737
MeSH Animals Animals, Genetically Modified Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors / genetics Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors / metabolism Cell Proliferation / genetics* Drosophila Proteins / genetics* Drosophila Proteins / metabolism Drosophila melanogaster / genetics* Drosophila melanogaster / growth & development Drosophila melanogaster / metabolism Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental Hematopoiesis / genetics Hematopoietic Stem Cells / metabolism* Hemocytes / cytology Hemocytes / metabolism Hemolymph / cytology Hemolymph / metabolism Larva / genetics Larva / growth & development Larva / metabolism Microscopy, Confocal RNA Interference Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics* Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism STAT Transcription Factors / genetics STAT Transcription Factors / metabolism Signal Transduction / genetics Transcription Factors / genetics* Transcription Factors / metabolism Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors / genetics Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors / metabolism
IF 2.896
Times Cited 11