A genome-wide enhancer/suppressor screen for Dube3a interacting genes in Drosophila melanogaster

Kevin A. Hope, Addison McGinn, Lawrence Reiter

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The genetics underlying autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are complex. Approximately 3–5% of ASD cases arise from maternally inherited duplications of 15q11.2-q13.1, termed Duplication 15q syndrome (Dup15q). 15q11.2-q13.1 includes the gene UBE3A which is believed to underlie ASD observed in Dup15q syndrome. UBE3A is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that targets proteins for degradation and trafficking, so finding UBE3A substrates and interacting partners is critical to understanding Dup15q ASD. In this study, we take an unbiased genetics approach to identify genes that genetically interact with Dube3a, the Drosophila melanogaster homolog of UBE3A. We conducted an enhancer/suppressor screen using a rough eye phenotype produced by Dube3a overexpression with GMR-GAL4. Using the DrosDel deficiency kit, we identified 3 out of 346 deficiency lines that enhanced rough eyes when crossed to two separate Dube3a overexpression lines, and subsequently identified IA2, GABA-B-R3, and lola as single genes responsible for rough eye enhancement. Using the FlyLight GAL4 lines to express uas-Dube3a + uas-GFP in the endogenous lola pattern, we observed an increase in the GFP signal compared to uas-GFP alone, suggesting a transcriptional co-activation effect of Dube3a on the lola promoter region. These findings extend the role of Dube3a/UBE3A as a transcriptional co-activator, and reveal new Dube3a interacting genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2382
JournalScientific Reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Drosophila melanogaster
Genome
Genes
Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
Protein Transport
Genetic Promoter Regions
gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
Transcriptional Activation
Proteolysis
Phenotype
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Trisomy Chromosome 15q

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A genome-wide enhancer/suppressor screen for Dube3a interacting genes in Drosophila melanogaster. / Hope, Kevin A.; McGinn, Addison; Reiter, Lawrence.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2382, 01.12.2019.

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