Heterochronic genes function to ensure the timing of stage-specific developmental events in C. elegans. Mutations in these genes cause certain developmental programs to be executed in a precocious or retarded manner. Canonical precocious (loss-of-function) and retarded (gain-of-function) mutations in the lin-14 gene lead to elimination or reiteration of larval stage-specific cellular events. Here, we describe a hypomorphic, missense allele of lin-14, sa485. lin-14(sa485) hermaphrodites pass through normal larval stages, but exhibit asynchrony between vulval and gonadal maturation in the L4 larval stage. We show that a subtly precocious morphogenetic event in the vulva disrupts tissue synchrony and is followed by retarded vulval eversion. Additionally, uterine uv1 cell differentiation is retarded in lin-14(sa485) animals that exhibit delayed vulval eversion. Together, these experiments outline a function for LIN-14 in coordinating the temporal progression of development, which is separable from its role in regulating stage-specific events during C. elegans postembryonic development.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology