Diego Echevarría

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Ascertaining when and where genes are expressed is of crucial importance to understanding or predicting the physiological role of genes and proteins and how they interact to form the complex networks that underlie organ development and function. It is, therefore, crucial to determine on a genome-wide level, the spatio-temporal gene expression profiles at(More)
Midbrain neurons synthesizing the neurotransmitter dopamine play a central role in the modulation of different brain functions and are associated with major neurological and psychiatric disorders. Despite the importance of these cells, the molecular mechanisms controlling their development are still poorly understood. The secreted glycoprotein Wnt1 is(More)
We report here the full-length sequence identification, molecular characterization, detailed demarcation expression analysis relevant to morphological marker genes and mapping of a bHLH transcription gene, referred to as Megane (Mgn). Mgn protein is structurally related to the neurogenic Drosophila hairy and Enhancer of split (h/E(spl)) proteins. The unique(More)
The pivotal mechanisms that govern the correct patterning and regionalization of the distinct areas of the mammalian CNS are driven by key molecules that emanate from the so-called secondary organizers at neural plate and tube stages. FGF8 is the candidate morphogenetic molecule to pattern the mesencephalon and rhombencephalon in the isthmic organizer(More)
Basal tearing is crucial to maintaining ocular surface wetness. Corneal cold thermoreceptors sense small oscillations in ambient temperature and change their discharge accordingly. Deletion of the cold-transducing ion channel Transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M member 8 (TRPM8) in mice abrogates cold responsiveness and reduces basal(More)
The vertebrate Central Nervous System (CNS) originates from the embryonic dorsal ectoderm. Differentiation of the neural epithelium from the ectoderm and the formation of the neural plate constitute the first phase of a complex process called neurulation which culminates in the formation of the neural tube, the anlage of the CNS in sauropsids and mammals(More)
The diencephalon is a central area of the vertebrate developing brain, where the thalamic nuclear complex, the pretectum and the anterior tegmental structures are generated. It has been subdivided into prosomeres, which are transversal domains defined by morphological and molecular criteria. The zona limitans intrathalamica is a central boundary in the(More)
Prospective midbrain and cerebellum formation are coordinated by FGF ligands produced by the isthmic organizer. Previous studies have suggested that midbrain and cerebellum development require different levels of FGF signaling. However, little is known about the extent to which specific regions within these two parts of the brain differ in their requirement(More)
We have developed a simple experimental technique which consists of explanting the mouse embryo anterior neural tube--the presumptive brain anlage--onto polycarbonate membranes. The neural epithelium of the explants maintained both its original topology and topography for at least two days in culture. Analysis of cell death in the explants by assaying(More)
In vertebrates, elaborate cellular interactions regulate the establishment of the complex structural pattern of the developing central nervous system. Distinct neural and glial identities are acquired by neuroepithelial cells, through progressive restriction of histogenetic potential under the influence of local environmental signals. The localization of(More)