The Drosophila reptin allele l(3)06945 contains a lethal P-element transposon insertion in the 5' untranslated region of the gene. This insertion causes a dramatic reduction in reptin mRNA levels, as determined by in situ hybridization to l(3)06945 homozygous mutant embryos. Whether reptin mutants genetically interact with mutants of PcG genes was tested by creating flies trans-heterozygous for l(3)06945 and PcG genes and male progeny were examined for the presence of ectopic sex combs on the second and third pair of legs. The trans-heterozygous males were compared with their brothers that do not contain mutations in reptin and to PcG mutants crossed to wild-type males. Under the original culture conditions, heterozygotes of the Pc11 allele do not contain extra sex combs, nor do reptin heterozygous flies. However, 47% of males trans-heterozygous for Pc and reptin contain sex combs on the second pair of legs (T2), and 5% additionally contain sex combs on the third pair of legs (T3). Another Pc allele, Df(3L)Pc, causes sex comb development on T2 in 37% of the flies and on T3 in 6% of the flies. The phenotype can be enhanced by reptin to 41% T2 and 25% T3. This genetic interaction indicates that Reptin and Pc participate in the same pathway in vivo (Qi, 2006).
To investigate whether the genetic interaction with PcG genes is restricted to members of the PRC1 complex, trans-heterozygous combinations were examined of reptin with two additional PRC1 complex components, Psc and ph, and with two components of the E(z)Esc complex, namely esc and Polycomb like (Pcl). 40% of Psc1/+; reptin/+ trans-heterozygotes contain ectopic sex combs on T2 and 2% on T3, whereas 18% of the Psc1/+; TM3/+ brothers have sex combs on T2 and none on T3. Psc1/+ heterozygotes do not contain any extra sex combs. A deficiency that removes Psc, Df(2R)vg-D, only weakly interacts with reptin, and a P-element-induced Psc allele, Psck07834, does not interact with reptin at all. In the ph allele ph-p410, 90% of the males contain sex combs on T2, but none on T3. When crossed to the reptin mutant stock, sex combs were found on both T2 and T3 in all of the Ph410; reptin/+ mutant males, whereas their Ph410 mutant brothers receiving the TM3 balancer chromosome contain extra sex combs on T2 in 100% and on T3 in 22% of the cases, suggesting a specific phreptin interaction. In summary, some alleles of three different PcG genes in the PRC1 complex genetically interact with reptin (Qi, 2006).
Two members of the E(z)Esc complex, esc and Pcl, were also tested. The esc alleles esc1 and esc21 showed either no or a very weak interaction with reptin mutants. However, the number of flies with extra sex combs in one of the two Pcl alleles, Pcl11, was increased by the reptin mutation. This shows that the ability of reptin to genetically interact with PcG genes is not restricted to components of the PRC1 complex (Qi, 2006).
To confirm that the interactions observed are caused by the P-element insertion in reptin, and not due to unidentified second-site mutations on the l(3)06945 chromosome, precise excisions of the P element were generated. Such excision lines are viable and do not interact with PcG genes. Furthermore, expression of the reptin cDNA using an actin-Gal4 driver transgene could rescue the reptinPc interaction. Under these culture conditions, Pc11 flies contained extra sex combs even in the absence of the reptin mutation. However, the number of sex combs per fly was enhanced by the reptin mutation. Introduction of actin-Gal4 and UAS-reptin transgenes into the Pc11/reptinl(3)06945 trans-heterozygous flies reduced the number of sex combs to below the number observed with Pc11 over the balancer chromosome. From these data, it is concluded that genetic interactions with PcG genes are specifically due to reduced reptin expression in l(3)06945 mutant flies (Qi, 2006).
Sex comb development is under the control of the Hox gene Sex combs reduced (Scr). To determine whether Reptin is involved in regulation of Scr expression, leg imaginal discs of third instar larvae were stained with anti-Scr antibody 6H4.1. Scr protein is found in the first thoracic (T1), but not in the T2 and T3 leg discs in wild-type larvae. reptin/Pc11 and Psc1/+; reptin/+ larvae express Scr protein ectopically in T2 and T3 discs, but reptin, Psc, or Pc heterozygous larvae do not. In conclusion, genetic data show that Reptin interacts with PcG gene products to control Scr expression (Qi, 2006).
PcG proteins regulate target gene expression through PREs. When linked to the mini-white reporter gene, many PREs show variegated white expression in the eye that is sensitive to PcG gene dosage. Several PREs were examined in a reptin heterozygous background and a PRE from the second intron of the Scr gene (8.2 XbaI) was used, as well as the Fab7 and Mcp PREs from the bithorax complex. Although Pc heterozygotes interacted with all PREs, no interactions were observed between reptin heterozygotes and any of the PREs tested. reptin homozygous mutant cells were generated by mitotic recombination and expression of a lacZ reporter gene was examined in wing imaginal discs. This lacZ transgene contains the IDE enhancer and a 1.6-kb PRE from the Ultrabithorax (Ubx) gene. The Ubx gene is repressed in wing imaginal discs by PcG genes, but expressed in haltere discs to prevent acquisition of wing fate. reptin mutant clones in wing discs lack reptin mRNA and express the PRE-lacZ reporter. This indicates that Reptin is necessary for PcG function at this PRE (Qi, 2006).
Expression of the endogenous Ubx gene was examined in reptin mutant clones. PcG genes are necessary for silencing of the Ubx gene in wing discs, resulting in ectopic Ubx expression in PcG mutant clones. Wing imaginal discs containing homozygous mutant clones of either reptin or the PcG gene Su(z)12 were stained with a Ubx antibody. In wing discs containing Su(z)12 mutant cells, Ubx is ectopically expressed, but in wing discs with reptin mutant cells, it is not. As expected, Ubx was found in all haltere discs. It appears that although Reptin is necessary for the activity of the 1.6-kb Ubx PRE, loss of Reptin is not sufficient to derepress endogenous Ubx expression (Qi, 2006).
Expression of the homeotic genes Scr and Ubx was examined in reptin homozygous mutant embryos. However, no misexpression was observed. Reptin is maternally contributed to the embryo, and its mRNA is consequently present ubiquitously in early embryos. The maternal contribution may mask a regulatory role for reptin in embryonic Hox gene expression. To address this possibility, attempts were made to remove the maternal reptin contribution by use of germline clones. However, reptin l(3)06945 homozygous germ cells fail to produce embryos. reptin mutants were also found to affect PEV, a phenomenon resulting in clonal silencing of genes juxtaposed to heterochromatin (Qi, 2006).
Drosophila Reptin has recently been found in the TIP60 HAT complex (Kusch, 2004). In addition to Reptin, this complex contains two other subunits that have been genetically characterized, namely Enhancer of Polycomb [E(Pc)] and Domino. Interestingly, like reptin mutants, E(Pc) and domino mutants enhance PcG phenotypes and suppress PEV. Whether an additional TIP60 component, the chromodomain containing protein MRG15 displays similar phenotypes was tested. A strain containing a P-element insertion in the second exon of Drosophila MRG15, dMRG15j6A3, was tested, and a second-site lethal mutation on the chromosome was removed by recombination. The cleaned chromosome was designated dMRG15P and crossed it to T(1;4)wm258-21 and to PcG mutant flies. Interestingly, dMRG15 mutants suppress Notch variegation and interact with PcG genes, whereas a precise excision of the P element does not (Qi, 2006).
It was confirmed that Reptin can physically interact with TIP60 complex components. For this purpose, tagged proteins were expressed in Drosophila S2 tissue-culture cells. A fraction of V5-tagged Reptin is co-immunoprecipitated with FLAG-tagged dTIP60. These results are consistent with a recent report (Kusch, 2004) and show that Reptin can be found in association with the Drosophila TIP60 protein (Qi, 2006).
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