Filomena Ristoratore

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The widespread use of fish as model systems is still limited by the mosaic distribution of cells transiently expressing transgenes leading to a low frequency of transgenic fish. Here we present a strategy that overcomes this problem. Transgenes of interest were flanked by two I-SceI meganuclease recognition sites, and co-injected together with the I-SceI(More)
 In this paper we report the cloning, sequence and expression analysis of a new Ciona intestinalis hox gene. On the basis of sequence comparison with mammalian and Amphioxus homologues, we called this gene Cihox5. Northern blot analysis reveals a single transcript of about 1.3 kb in length, that is present from neurula until larva stage. Whole-mount in situ(More)
In solitary ascidians the fate of endoderm is determined at a very early stage of development and depends on cytoplasmic factors whose nature has not been determined. We have isolated a member of the NK-2 gene family, Cititf1, from the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, showing high sequence homology to mammalian TITF1. The Cititf1 gene was expressed in all(More)
In order to isolate genes important in controlling embryonic development in Tunicates, a genomic library from the ascidian Ciona intestinalis was screened with a degenerate oligodeoxyribonucleotide encoding the third helix of Antennapedia-type homeoboxes. Fourteen C. intestinalis homeobox genes, corresponding to several classes of homeodomains, have been(More)
Hox genes are organized in genomic clusters. In all organisms where their role has been studied, Hox genes determine developmental fate along the antero-posterior axis. Hence, these genes represent an ideal system for the understanding of relationships between the number and expression of genes and body organization. We report in this paper that the(More)
Ascidians belong to the tunicates, the sister group of vertebrates and are recognized model organisms in the field of embryonic development, regeneration and stem cells. ANISEED is the main information system in the field of ascidian developmental biology. This article reports the development of the system since its initial publication in 2010. Over the(More)
A full-length cDNA encoding a highly conserved calmodulin was isolated from a cDNA library prepared from hatched larvae of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Sequence analysis has identified a 447 b.p. open reading frame, encoding a putative protein of 149 amino acid residues, with a predicted molecular weight of 16.8 kDa, showing 85-98% identity to known(More)
Ascidians present a striking dichotomy between conserved phenotypes and divergent genomes: embryonic cell lineages and gene expression patterns are conserved between distantly related species. Much research has focused on Ciona or Halocynthia spp. but development in other ascidians remains poorly characterized. In this study, we surveyed the multipotent(More)
FGF and Wnt pathways constitute two fundamental signaling cascades, which appear to crosstalk in cooperative or antagonistic fashions in several developmental processes. In vertebrates, both cascades are involved in pigment cell development, but the possible interplay between FGF and Wnt remains to be elucidated. In this study, we have investigated the role(More)
BACKGROUND The study of ascidians (Chordata, Tunicata) has made a considerable contribution to our understanding of the origin and evolution of basal chordates. To provide further information to support forward genetics in Ciona intestinalis, we used a combination of natural variation and neutral population genetics as an approach for the systematic(More)