Hibris, a Drosophila Nephrin Homolog, Is Required for Presenilin-Mediated Notch and APP-like Cleavages

Jaskirat Singh, Marek Mlodzik

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Abstract

Drosophila Hibris (Hbs), a member of the Nephrin Immunoglobulin Super Family, has been implicated in myogenesis and eye patterning. Here, we uncover a role of Hbs in Notch (N) signaling and γ-secretase processing. Loss of hbs results in classical N-signaling-associated phenotypes in Drosophila, including eye patterning, wing margin, and sensory organ specification defects. In particular, hbs mutant larvae display altered γ-secretase-dependent Notch proteolytic processing. Hbs also interacts molecularly and genetically with Presenilin (Psn) and other components of the γ-secretase complex. This Hbs function appears conserved, as mammalian Nephrin also promotes N signaling in mammalian cells. Our data suggest that Hbs is required for Psn maturation. Consistent with its role in Psn processing, Hbs genetically interacts with the Drosophila β-amyloid protein precursor-like (Appl) protein, the homolog of mammalian APP, the cleavage of which is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Thus, Hbs/Nephrin appear to share a general requirement in Psn/γ-secretase regulation and associated processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-96
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Jul 2012

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