Faustino Marín

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Quail rhombomeres two to six (r2-r6) were individually grafted homotopically into the hindbrain of chick embryos at 2 days of incubation. Nine to 10 days after the operation the chimeric embryos were fixed and processed for parallel cytoarchitectural and immunocytochemical study (with an anti-quail antibody) in order to map the anatomical fate of the(More)
Two novel mouse genes, Ebf2 and Ebf3, have been identified which show high similarity to the rodent Ebf/Olf-1 and the Drosophila collier genes. The strong conservation of the protein regions corresponding to the DNA binding and dimerisation domains previously defined in Ebf strongly suggests that Ebf2 and Ebf3 also constitute DNA sequence-specific(More)
Rostrocaudal inversions of the prospective midbrain (accompanied in some cases by other adjacent neuroepithelial zones) were performed in the neural tube of 2-day-old chick embryos in the form of autografts or quail/chick chimeras, involving both alar and basal plates. These experiments aimed to analyze causally the histogenetic rostrocaudal patterning of(More)
Ebf1/Olf-1 belongs to a small multigene family encoding closely related helix-loop-helix transcription factors, which have been proposed to play a role in neuronal differentiation. Here we show that Ebf1 controls cell differentiation in the murine embryonic striatum, where it is the only gene of the family to be expressed. Ebf1 targeted disruption affects(More)
The medulla oblongata (or caudal hindbrain) is not overtly segmented, since it lacks observable interrhombomeric boundaries. However, quail-chick fate maps showed that it is formed by 5 pseudorhombomeres (r7-r11) which were empirically found to be delimited consistently at planes crossing through adjacent somites (Cambronero and Puelles, 2000). We aimed to(More)
Krox20 and mafB/kr are regulatory genes involved in hindbrain segmentation and anteroposterior (AP) patterning. They are expressed in rhombomeres (r) r3/r5 and r5/r6 respectively, as well as in the r5/r6 neural crest. Since several members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family are expressed in the otic/preotic region (r2-r6), we investigated their(More)
The transcription factors Snail and E47 are direct repressors of E-cadherin, with both inducing a full epithelial-mesenchymal transition and invasive behaviour in vitro when expressed in the prototypic epithelial MDCK cell line. The role of these repressors in the invasive process and in other tumorigenic properties is, nevertheless, still poorly(More)
The interpeduncular nucleus (IP) is a key limbic structure, highly conserved evolutionarily among vertebrates. The IP receives indirect input from limbic areas of the telencephalon, relayed by the habenula via the fasciculus retroflexus. The function of the habenulo-IP complex is poorly understood, although there is evidence that in rodents it modulates(More)
Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of catecholamines and, thus, critical in determining the catecholaminergic phenotype. In this study, we have examined the expression of TH mRNA by in situ hybridization in the embryonic mouse forebrain and midbrain and have mapped its localization according to the neuromeric pattern. We(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role segmentation plays in the determination of neuronal identity in the hindbrain. We focused on two specific sets of hindbrain neurons, namely, the vestibulospinal and vestibulo-ocular neurons, which comprise distinct groups that can be identified and distinguished by virtue of their axonal projection pathways.(More)