Spatially Dependent Dynamic MAPK Modulation by the Nde1-Lis1-Brap Complex Patterns Mammalian CNS

AlisonA Lanctot, Chian Yu Peng, AshleyS Pawlisz, Milan Joksimovic, Yuanyi Feng*

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Regulating cell proliferation and differentiation in CNS development requires both extraordinary complexity and precision. Neural progenitors receive graded overlapping signals from midline signaling centers, yet each makes a unique cell fate decision in a spatiotemporally restricted pattern. The Nde1-Lis1 complex regulates individualized cell fate decisions based on the geographical location with respect to the midline. While cells distant from the midline fail to self-renew in the Nde1-Lis1 double-mutant CNS, cells embedded in the signaling centers showed marked overproliferation. A direct interaction between Lis1 and Brap, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling threshold modulator, mediates this differential response to mitogenic signal gradients. Nde1-Lis1 deficiency resulted in a spatially dependent alteration of MAPK scaffold Ksr and hyperactivation of MAPK. Epistasis analyses supported synergistic Brap and Lis1 functions. These results suggest that a molecular complex composed of Nde1, Lis1, and Brap regulates the dynamic MAPK signaling threshold in a spatially dependent fashion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-255
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 13 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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