TitleThe segment polarity gene armadillo encodes a functionally modular protein that is the Drosophila homolog of human plakoglobin.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsPeifer, M, Wieschaus, E
Date Published1990 Dec 21
KeywordsAlleles, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Armadillo Domain Proteins, Biological Evolution, Crosses, Genetic, Cytoskeletal Proteins, Desmoplakins, Drosophila, Drosophila Proteins, Female, gamma Catenin, Genes, Genes, Lethal, Humans, Immunohistochemistry, Insect Hormones, Male, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutation, Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid, Trans-Activators, Transcription Factors

The Drosophila segment polarity gene armadillo is required for pattern formation within embryonic segments and imaginal discs. We have found that armadillo is highly conserved during evolution; it is 63% identical to human plakoglobin, a protein found in adhesive junctions joining epithelial and other cells. We have examined arm protein localization in a number of larval tissues and found that arm protein accumulation within cells shares many features with the accumulation of plakoglobin. We have compared the phenotype and molecular lesions responsible for the different arm mutations. Surprisingly, severely truncated proteins retain some function; the degree of function is strictly correlated with the length of the truncated protein, suggesting that the internally repetitive arm protein is modular in function. We present a possible model for the cellular role of arm.

Alternate JournalCell