No Evidence that Wnt Ligands Are Required for Planar Cell Polarity in Drosophila

Citation:

Ewen-Campen B, Comyn T, Vogt E, Perrimon N. No Evidence that Wnt Ligands Are Required for Planar Cell Polarity in Drosophila. Cell Rep. 2020;32 (10) :108121.

Date Published:

2020 Sep 08

Abstract:

The frizzled (fz) and dishevelled (dsh) genes are highly conserved members of both the planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway and the Wnt signaling pathway. Given these dual functions, several studies have examined whether Wnt ligands provide a tissue-scale orientation cue for PCP establishment during development, and these studies have reached differing conclusions. Here, we re-examine this issue in the Drosophila melanogaster wing and notum using split-Gal4 co-expression analysis, multiplex somatic CRISPR, and double RNAi experiments. Pairwise loss-of-function experiments targeting wg together with other Wnt genes, via somatic CRISPR or RNAi, do not produce PCP defects in the wing or notum. In addition, somatic CRISPR against evi (aka wntless), which is required for the secretion of Wnt ligands, did not produce detectable PCP phenotypes. Altogether, our results do not support the hypothesis that Wnt ligands contribute to PCP signaling in the Drosophila wing or notum.

Last updated on 09/29/2020