Molecular basis of loss-of-function mutations in the glp-1 gene of Caenorhabitis elegans

Voula Kodoyianni, Eleanor M. Maine, Judith Kimble

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The glp-1 gene encodes a membrane protein required for inductive cell interactions during development of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Here we report the molecular char-acterization of 15 loss-of-function (//) mutations of glp-1. Two nonsense mutations appear to eliminate glp-1 activity; both truncate the glp-1 protein in its extracellular domain and have a strong loss-of-function phenotype. Twelve missense mutations and one in-frame deletion map to sites within the repeated motifs of the glp-1 protein (10 epidermal growth factor [EGF]-like and 3 LNG repeats extracellularly and 6 cdc10/SWI6, or ankyrin, repeats intracellularly). We find that all three types of repeated motifs are critical to glp-1 function, and two individual EGF-like repeats may have distinct functions. Intriguingly, all four missense mutations in one phenotypic class map to the N-terminal EGF-like repeats and all six missense mutations in a second phenotypic class reside in the intracellular cdc10/ SWI6 repeats. These two clusters of mutations may identify functional domains within the glp-1 protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1213
Number of pages15
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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