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Multiple modes of engrailed regulation in the progression towards cell fate determination

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The engrailed gene product of Drosophila specifies the fate of a subset of cells in each segment. Our studies of engrailed regulation suggest that fate determination is an elaborate, multistep process. At the time in embryogenesis when the engrailed-dependent cell fate is probably determined, four modes of control act in an overlapping progression to govern engrailed expression. After activation by pair-rule genes, both an extracellular signal, wingless, and autoregulation are required for engrailed expression. Autoregulation graduates to wingless independence, but is transient, and is superseded by an engrailed- independent mode of maintenance.

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  1. Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 94143-0448, USA

    • Jill Heemskerk
    •  & Patrick H. O'Farrell
  2. The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, New York, 10021-6399, USA

    • Stephen DiNardo
  3. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, DC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 94720, USA

    • Richard Kostriken

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