Hsinwen Chang

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Individual vertebrate Hox genes specify aspects of segment identity along the anterior-posterior axis. The exquisite in vivo specificity of Hox proteins is thought to result from their interactions with members of the Pbx/Exd family of homeodomain proteins. Here, we report the identification and cloning of a zebrafish gene, lazarus, which is required(More)
Smad5 has been implicated as a downstream signal mediator for several bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). To understand the in vivo function of Smad5, we generated mice deficient in Smad5 using embryonic stem (ES) cell technology. Homozygous mutant embryos die between E9.5 and E11.5, and display variable phenotypes. Morphological defects are first detected(More)
The transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) superfamily has profound effects on many aspects of animal development. In the last decade, our laboratory and others have performed in vivo functional studies on multiple components of the TGF-beta superfamily signal transduction pathway, including upstream ligands, transmembrane receptors, receptor-associated(More)
Left-right (L-R) asymmetry of the vertebrate body plan is established from an originally morphologically symmetric embryo. Recent studies have implicated several TGF-beta family signaling proteins (i.e., nodal, lefty-1, lefty-2, activin receptor type IIB, and Smad2) in L-R axis determination in the mouse. However, the genetic pathways underlying L-R(More)
Caenorhabditis elegans CEP-1 and its mammalian homolog p53 are critical for responding to diverse stress signals. In this study, we found that cep-1 inactivation suppressed the prolonged lifespan of electron transport chain (ETC) mutants, such as isp-1 and nuo-6, but rescued the shortened lifespan of other ETC mutants, such as mev-1 and gas-1. We compared(More)
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