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In order to determine whether G protein-coupled receptors play a role in early embryogenesis, we looked for cDNA fragments amplified between primers located in consensus sequences of transmembrane segments. Using one such amplified fragment as a probe, we cloned a novel member of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily in Xenopus. Alignment of the(More)
The results presented herein demonstrate that apelin is expressed and secreted by both human and mouse adipocytes. Apelin mRNA levels in isolated adipocytes are close to other cell types present in white adipose tissue or other organs known to express apelin such as kidney, heart, and to a lesser extent brown adipose tissue. Apelin expression is increased(More)
We have recently identified a new G protein-coupled receptor, X-msr, whose expression is associated with the endothelial lineage in Xenopus laevis (Devic, E., Paquereau, L., Vernier, P., Knibiehler, B., Audigier, Y., 1996. Expression of a new G protein-coupled receptor X-msr is associated with an endothelial lineage in Xenopus laevis. Mech. Dev. 59,(More)
We have recently identified a new G protein-coupled receptor, msr/apj, whose transcripts are detected in the endothelium of the primary blood vessels and the newly forming heart (Mech. Dev. 1999;84:199). Its expression during formation of the embryonic vasculature incited us to investigate whether expression of the receptor also increased during the(More)
In order to provide evidence for a potential role of heterotrimeric GTP-binding proteins in the transduction of developmental signals, we prepared cDNAs from Xenopus laevis embryos and looked for fragments amplified between primers located in conserved sequences of the different subtypes of beta subunit. Using the amplified fragment as a probe, we cloned a(More)
We have examined the expression and function of the heterotrimeric GTP-binding protein Gq during early Xenopus embryogenesis. Abundant XGalphaq transcripts were detected in oocytes and early embryos by Northern blot analysis. In situ hybridization revealed that these transcripts are confined to the animal hemisphere of the mature oocyte and to the(More)
By means of immunocytochemistry with a battery of specific antibodies, we describe the expression of the collagen IV chain produced by the gene DCg1 during the two phases of Drosophila neurogenesis. DgC1 was not expressed in neuronal tissues as shown by in situ hybridization, but the onset of its expression in cells of mesodermal origin was concomitant with(More)
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