Interactions between Wingless and DFz2 during Drosophila wing development

Jianjun Zhang, Richard W. Carthew*

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Drosophila Wingless (Wg) is a secreted signaling protein of the Wnt family. Mutations in the wg gene disrupt the patterning of embryonic segments and their adult derivatives. Wg protein has been shown in cell culture to functionally interact with DFz2, a receptor that is structurally related to the tissue polarity protein Frizzled (Fz). However, it has not been determined if DFz2 functions in the Wg signaling pathway during fly development. Here we demonstrate that overexpression of DFz2 increases Wg-dependent signaling to induce ectopic margin bristle formation in developing Drosophila wings. Overexpression of a truncated form of DFz2 acts in a dominant-negative manner to block Wg signaling at the wing margin, and this block is rescued by co-expression of full-length DFz2 but not full-length Fz. Our results suggest that DFz2 and not Fz acts in the Wg signaling pathway for wing margin development. However, a truncated form of Fz also blocks Wg signaling in embryo and wing margin development, and the truncated form of DFz2 affects ommatidial polarity during eye development. These observations suggest that a single dominant-negative form of Fz or DFz2 can block more than one type of Wnt signaling pathway and imply that truncated proteins of the Fz family lose some aspect of signaling specificity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3075-3085
Number of pages11
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 1998


  • Bristle formation
  • Cell signalling
  • DFz2
  • Drosophila
  • Frizzled
  • Wingless

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology


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