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Morphogen gradients contribute to pattern formation by determining positional information in morphogenetic fields. Interpretation of positional information is thought to rely on direct, concentration-threshold-dependent mechanisms for establishing multiple differential domains of target gene expression. In Drosophila, maternal gradients establish the(More)
Genetic studies have revealed that segment determination in Drosophila melanogaster is based on hierarchical regulatory interactions among maternal coordinate and zygotic segmentation genes. The gap gene system constitutes the most upstream zygotic layer of this regulatory hierarchy, responsible for the initial interpretation of positional information(More)
Here we characterize the expression of the full system of genes which control the segmentation morphogenetic field of Drosophila at the protein level in one dimension. The data used for this characterization are quantitative with cellular resolution in space and about 6 min in time. We present the full quantitative profiles of all 14 segmentation genes(More)
Here we present a quantitative and predictive model of the transcriptional readout of the proximal 1.7 kb of the control region of the Drosophila melanogaster gene even skipped (eve). The model is based on the positions and sequence of individual binding sites on the DNA and quantitative, time-resolved expression data at cellular resolution. These data(More)
The concentration gradient of Bicoid protein which determines the developmental pathways in early Drosophila embryo is the best characterized morphogen gradient at the molecular level. Because different developmental fates can be elicited by different concentrations of Bicoid, it is important to probe the limits of this specification by analyzing intrinsic(More)
MOTIVATION To construct an integrated map of Drosophila segmentation gene expression from partial data taken from individual embryos. RESULTS Spline and wavelet based registration techniques were developed to register Drosophila segmentation gene expression data. As ground control points for registration we used the locations of extrema on gene expression(More)
Here we present a method for the removal of nonspecific background signal from fluorescently localized expression patterns of Drosophila segmentation genes. Our algorithm for removal of background signal brings the data to a common standard form with zero background and removes systematic error in gene expression levels caused by the presence of background.(More)
We apply the fast redundant dyadic wavelet transform to the spatial registration of two-dimensional gene expression patterns of 736 Drosophila melanogaster embryos. This method is superior to the Fourier transform or windowed Fourier transform because of its ability to reduce noise and is of high resolution. In registration of the dataset we use two cost(More)
Extensive variation in early gap gene expression in the Drosophila blastoderm is reduced over time because of gap gene cross regulation. This phenomenon is a manifestation of canalization, the ability of an organism to produce a consistent phenotype despite variations in genotype or environment. The canalization of gap gene expression can be understood as(More)