Daniel S Kessler

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Within the fertilized egg lies the information necessary to generate a diversity of cell types in the precise pattern of tissues and organs that comprises the vertebrate body. Seminal embryological experiments established the importance of induction, or cell interactions, in the formation of embryonic tissues and provided a foundation for molecular studies.(More)
The mesencephalic and metencephalic region (MMR) of the vertebrate central nervous system develops in response to signals produced by the isthmic organizer (IsO). We have previously reported that the LIM homeobox transcription factor Lmx1b is expressed within the chick IsO, where it is sufficient to maintain expression of the secreted factor wnt1. In this(More)
BACKGROUND The Fox gene family comprises a large and functionally diverse group of forkhead-related transcriptional regulators, many of which are essential for metazoan embryogenesis and physiology. Defining conserved functional domains that mediate the transcriptional activity of Fox proteins will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the(More)
In this study, we compare the effects of three mRNAs-goosecoid, activin and Xwnt-8- that are able to induce partial or complete secondary axes when injected into Xenopus embryos. Xwnt-8 injection produces complete secondary axes including head structures whereas activin and goosecoid injection produce partial secondary axes at high frequency that lack head(More)
Establishment of the mesodermal germ layer is a process dependent on the integration of multiple transcriptional and signaling inputs. Here I investigate the role of the transcription factor FoxD3 in zebrafish mesodermal development. FoxD3 gain-of-function results in dorsal mesoderm expansion and body axis dorsalization. FoxD3 knockdown results in axial(More)
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