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Drosophila heat shock response requires the jnk pathway and phosphorylation of mixed lineage kinase at a conserved serine-proline motif

UNSPECIFIED (2012) Drosophila heat shock response requires the jnk pathway and phosphorylation of mixed lineage kinase at a conserved serine-proline motif. PLoS ONE, 7 (7).

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Abstract

Defining context specific requirements for proteins and pathways is a major challenge in the study of signal transduction. For example, the stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) pathways are comprised of families of closely related transducers that are activated in a variety of tissues and contexts during development and organismal homeostasis. Consequently, redundant and pleiotropic effects have hampered a complete understanding of the individual contributions of transducers in distinct contexts. Here, we report on the function of a context-specific regulatory phosphorylation site, PXSP, in the Drosophila mixed lineage kinase protein, Slpr, a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAP3K) in the Jun Kinase (JNK) pathway. Genetic analysis of the function of non-phosphorylatable (PXAP) and phosphomimetic mutant (PXEP) Slpr transgenes in several distinct contexts revealed minimal effects in JNK-dependent tissue closure processes but differential requirements in heat stress response. In particular, PXAP expression resulted in sensitivity of adults to sustained heat shock, like p38 and JNK pathway mutants. In contrast, PXEP overexpression conferred some resistance. Indeed, phosphorylation of the PXSP motif is enriched under heat shock conditions and requires in part, the p38 kinases for the enrichment. These data suggest that coordination of signaling between p38 and Slpr serves to maintain JNK signaling during heat stress. In sum, we demonstrate a novel role for JNK signaling in the heat shock response in flies and identify a posttranslational modification on Slpr, at a conserved site among MAP3K mixed lineage kinase family members, which bolsters stress resistance with negligible effects on JNK-dependent developmental processes. © 2012 Gonda et al.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
EditorGallyas, FerencUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 27 July 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Volume: 7
Number: 7
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042369
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Biological Sciences
School of Medicine > Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Refereed: Yes
Other ID: NLM PMC3407086
PubMed Central ID: PMC3407086
PubMed ID: 22848763
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 14:02
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2019 15:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15599

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