Systematic interactome mapping and genetic perturbation analysis of a C. elegans TGF-β signaling network

Muneesh Tewari, Patrick J. Hu, Jin Sook Ahn, Nono Ayivi-Guedehoussou, Pierre Olivier Vidalain, Siming Li, Stuart Milstein, Chris M. Armstrong, Mike Boxem, Maurice D. Butler, Svetlana Busiguina, Jean François Rual, Nieves Ibarrola, Sabrina T. Chaklos, Nicolas Bertin, Philippe Vaglio, Mark L. Edgley, Kevin V. King, Patrice S. Albert, Jean VandenhauteAkhilesh Pandey, Donald L. Riddle, Gary Ruvkun, Marc Vidal

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To initiate a system-level analysis of C. elegans DAF-7/TGF-β signaling, we combined interactome mapping with single and double genetic perturbations. Yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) screens starting with known DAF-7/TGF-β pathway components defined a network of 71 interactions among 59 proteins. Coaffinity purification (co-AP) assays in mammalian cells confirmed the overall quality of this network. Systematic perturbations of the network using RNAi, both in wild-type and daf-7/TGF-β pathway mutant animals, identified nine DAF-7/TGF-β signaling modifiers, seven of which are conserved in humans. We show that one of these has functional homology to human SNO/SKI oncoproteins and that mutations at the corresponding genetic locus daf-5 confer defects in DAF-7/TGF-β signaling. Our results reveal substantial molecular complexity in DAF-7/TGF-β signal transduction. Integrating interactome maps with systematic genetic perturbations may be useful for developing a systems biology approach to this and other signaling modules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-482
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 27 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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