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Hox genes define regional identities along the anterior-posterior axis in many animals. In a number of species, Hox genes are clustered in the genome, and the relative order of genes corresponds with position of expression in the body. Previous Hox gene studies in lophotrochozoans have reported expression for only a subset of the Hox gene complement and/or(More)
The capability of regenerating posterior segments and pygidial structures is ancestral for annelids and has been lost only a few times within this phylum. As one of the three major segmented taxa, annelids enable us to monitor reconstruction of lost tissues and organs. During regeneration, regional identities have to be imprinted onto the newly formed(More)
The paired-like class of homeobox genes contains numerous distinct families, many of which have been implicated in a variety of developmental functions. We report the isolation and expression of a gene with high similarity to Drosophila melanogaster homeobrain from the polychaete annelid Capitella sp. I. The homeobrain-like (hbnl) gene is a paired-like gene(More)
Platynereis and other polychaete annelids with homonomous segmentation are regarded to closely resemble ancestral forms of bilateria. The head region comprises the prostomium, the peristomium, a variable number of cephalized body segments and several appendages, like cirri, antennae and palps. The trunk of such polychaetes shows numerous, nearly identical(More)
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