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Although many of the molecular interactions in kidney development are now well understood, the molecules involved in the specification of the metanephric mesenchyme from surrounding intermediate mesoderm and, hence, the formation of the renal progenitor population are poorly characterized. In this study, cDNA microarrays were used to identify genes enriched(More)
Recent studies implicate Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in lens differentiation (Stump, R. J., et al., 2003. A role for Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in lens epithelial differentiation. Dev Biol;259:48-61). Beta-catenin is a component of adherens junctions and functions as a transcriptional activator in canonical Wnt signaling. We investigated the effects of(More)
Various studies suggest that Hedgehog (Hh) signalling plays roles in human and zebrafish ocular development. Recent studies (Kerr et al., Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012; 53, 3316-30) showed that conditionally activating Hh signals promotes murine lens epithelial cell proliferation and disrupts fibre differentiation. In this study we examined the expression(More)
While photoreceptor loss is the most devastating result of inherited retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa, inner retinal neurons also undergo significant alteration. Detailing these changes has become important as many vision restorative therapies target the remaining neurons. In this study, the rd1-Fos-Tau-LacZ (rd1-FTL) mouse model was used(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies indicate that the Wnt/beta-catenin-signaling pathway is active and functional during murine lens development. In this study, the consequences of constitutively activating the pathway in lens during development were investigated. METHODS To activate Wnt/beta-catenin signaling, beta-catenin (Catnb) and adenomatous polyposis coli(More)
Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) from Gram-negative bacteria are known to be involved in lateral DNA transfer, but the presence of DNA in these vesicles has remained difficult to explain. An ultrastructural study of the Antarctic psychrotolerant bacterium Shewanella vesiculosa M7(T) has revealed that this Gram-negative bacterium naturally releases(More)
BMPs have recently emerged as likely regulators of development of the permanent kidney (metanephros). Transcripts for BMPs and their receptors have been localised in the developing metanephros. In vitro, BMPs 2, 4 and 7 have direct or indirect roles in regulation of ureteric branching morphogenesis and branch formation. In vivo, renal phenotypes have been(More)
Two bioequivalence studies were carried out in healthy volunteers in order to compare the rate and extent of absorption of two dosage forms (film-coated tablet and orodispersible tablet) of oral olanzapine (CAS 132539-06-1) 10 mg test formulations and the respective brand formulations as reference. Twenty and twenty-six subjects were administered olanzapine(More)
While the role of growth factors in lens development has been investigated extensively, the role of extracellular matrix signalling is less well understood. The developing lens expresses predominantly laminin-binding integrins (such as α3β1, α6β1), which are cooperatively required in the lens epithelium during development. We investigated the role of ILK, a(More)
In the past twenty years much efforts have been devoted to the development of ontologies and term bases for different fields. All this work has been done separately or with slight integration. The GENOMA-KB is a project whose main aim is to integrate, at least, both resources. In this paper, most relevant aspects of the project are presented. Each module is(More)