Alessandra C Rovescalli

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Classical genetic screens can be limited by the selectivity of mutational targeting, the complexities of anatomically based phenotypic analysis, or difficulties in subsequent gene identification. Focusing on signaling response to the secreted morphogen Hedgehog (Hh), we used RNA interference (RNAi) and a quantitative cultured cell assay to systematically(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) has been shown to be a powerful method to study the function of genes in vivo by silencing endogenous mRNA with double-stranded (ds) RNA. Previously, we performed in vivo RNAi screening and identified 43 Drosophila genes, including 18 novel genes required for the development of the embryonic nervous system. In the present study, 22(More)
Four novel murine homeobox genes, Uncx-4.1, OG-2, OG-9, and OG-12, were cloned and partially sequenced. The amino acid sequence of the mouse Uncx-4.1 homeodomain is closely related to the sequence of the unc-4 homeodomain of Caenorhabditis elegans. However, the OG-2, OG-9, and OG-12 homeodomains are relatively diverged and are not closely related to any(More)
Sebox is a mouse paired-like homeobox gene, previously named OG-9. Sebox genomic DNA and cDNA were cloned and sequenced. In addition, rat and human Sebox genomic DNAs were cloned and sequenced, and the predicted amino acid sequences were compared. The mouse Sebox gene was mapped to chromosome 11 near the Evi 2 locus. The mouse Sebox gene is expressed in(More)
RNA interference was used to screen 3,314 Drosophila double-stranded RNAs, corresponding to approximately 25% of Drosophila genes, for genes that affect the development of the embryonic nervous system. RNA-interference-mediated gene silencing in Drosophila embryos resulted in loss-of-function mutant phenotypes for 43 genes, which is 1.3% of the genes that(More)
Different cDNA clones encoding a rat homeobox gene and the mouse homologue OG-12 were cloned from adult rat brain and mouse embryo mRNA, respectively. The predicted amino acid sequences of the proteins belong to the paired-related subfamily of homeodomain proteins (Prx homeodomains). Hence, the gene was named Prx3 and the mouse and rat genes are indicated(More)
A mouse homeobox gene, Nkx-1.2, (previously termed Sax-1) that is closely related to the Drosophila NK-1/S59 gene was cloned, and genomic DNA and cDNA were sequenced. Nine Nkx-1.2 cDNA clones were found that correspond to three species of Nkx-1.2 mRNA that are formed by alternative splicing at conventional 5' donor and 3' acceptor splice sites; however,(More)
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