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A comparative analysis of LIM-homeodomain (LIM-hd) expression patterns in the developing stage 32 Xenopus brain is presented. x-Lhx2, x-Lhx7, and x-Lhx9 were isolated and their expression, together with that of x-Lhx1 and x-Lhx5, was analyzed in terms of prosomeric brain development and LIM-hd combinatorial code and compared with mouse expression data. The(More)
The expression pattern of Lmx1a, a LIM-homeodomain gene disrupted in the dreher mouse neurological mutant, is described during development. Lmx1a is predominantly expressed in the developing nervous system from embryonic day E8.5 to adulthood, in restricted areas. Major expression domains include the dorsal midline (roof plate) of the neural tube, the(More)
To shed light on the organisation of the Xenopus laevis telencephalon, we have used two sets of developmental regulators: genes acting in early regional specification (x-Dll3, x-Nkx2.1, x-Emx1, x-Pax6, x-Eomes) or in cell determination (x-Lhx5 and x-Lhx7). After expression patterns analysis, separately or combined, on whole-mount brains and serial sections,(More)
The LIM domain is a cysteine-rich zinc-finger motif found in a large family of proteins. In LIM-homeodomain (LIM-hd) transcription factors and LIM-only (LMO) factors, the LIM domains are responsible for key interactions with co-activators, co-repressors, competitors, and other transcription factors, and are therefore of considerable importance for the(More)
We have investigated the expression patterns of five LIM-homeodomain (LIM-hd) genes, x-Lhx1, x-Lhx2, x-Lhx5, x-Lhx7, and x-Lhx9 in the forebrain of the frog Xenopus laevis during larval development and in the adult. The results were analyzed in terms of neuromeric organization of the amphibian brain and of combinatorial LIM-hd code and showed that LIM-hd(More)
Type 1 and type 8 adenylate cyclases, AC1 and AC8, are membrane bound enzymes that produce cAMP in response to calcium entry and could thus control a large number of developmental processes. We provide a detailed spatiotemporal localization of these genes in the mouse brain during embryonic and postnatal life using in situ hybridization. AC1 gene expression(More)
Touch sensation is mediated by specific subtypes of sensory neurons which develop in a hierarchical process from common early progenitor neurons, but the molecular mechanism that underlies diversification of touch-sensitive mechanoreceptive neurons is not fully known. Here, we use genetically manipulated mice to examine whether the transcription factor(More)
We present evidence for a temporal control of GABAergic neurotransmitter specification in the basal forebrain orchestrated by the LIM-homeodomain factor Lhx7. In Xenopus, using in vivo overexpression experiments, we show that x-Lhx7 and x-Nkx2.1 inhibit GABAergic specification in the Dlx-expressing areas of the forebrain (subpallium and diencephalon). In(More)
The developmental process and unique molecular identity between the many different types of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) sensory neurons generated during embryogenesis provide the cellular basis for the distinct perceptual modalities of somatosensation. The mechanisms leading to the generation of different types of nociceptive sensory neurons remain only(More)
The roof plate (RP) of the midbrain shows an unusual plasticity, as it is duplicated or interrupted by experimental manipulations involving the mid/hindbrain organizer or FGF8. In previous experiments, we have found that FGF8 induces a local patterning center, the isthmic node, that is essential for the local development of a RP. Here, we show that the(More)