ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-030716-1
Dishevelled activates Ca2+ flux, PKC, and CamKII in vertebrate embryos
Sheldahl, L.C., Slusarski, D.C., Pandur, P., Miller, J.R., Kühl, M., and Moon, R.T.
Date: 2003
Source: The Journal of cell biology   161(4): 769-777 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Moon, Randall T., Slusarski, Diane C.
Keywords: Dishevelled; PKC; Wnt; calcium; signal transduction
MeSH Terms:
  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Calcium/metabolism*
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases/metabolism*
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/drug effects
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/enzymology
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/metabolism*
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Pertussis Toxin/pharmacology
  • Phosphoproteins/metabolism*
  • Protein Kinase C/metabolism*
  • RNA, Messenger/genetics
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism
  • Xenopus Proteins/metabolism
  • Xenopus laevis/embryology
  • Xenopus laevis/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish/metabolism
PubMed: 12771126 Full text @ J. Cell Biol.
Wnt ligands and Frizzled (Fz) receptors have been shown to activate multiple intracellular signaling pathways. Activation of the Wnt-beta- catenin pathway has been described in greatest detail, but it has been reported that Wnts and Fzs also activate vertebrate planar cell polarity (PCP) and Wnt-Ca2+ pathways. Although the intracellular protein Dishevelled (Dsh) plays a dual role in both the Wnt-beta-catenin and the PCP pathways, its potential involvement in the Wnt-Ca2+ pathway has not been investigated. Here we show that a Dsh deletion construct, XDshDeltaDIX, which is sufficient for activation of the PCP pathway, is also sufficient for activation of three effectors of the Wnt-Ca2+ pathway: Ca2+ flux, PKC, and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CamKII). Furthermore, we find that interfering with endogenous Dsh function reduces the activation of PKC by Xfz7 and interferes with normal heart development. These data suggest that the Wnt-Ca2+ pathway utilizes Dsh, thereby implicating Dsh as a component of all reported Fz signaling pathways.