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In the developing nervous system, nerve cells and axons respond to various attractive and repulsive guidance cues while traveling to their final destination. Netrins are bifunctional guidance cues that attract several classes of axons but repel others. The response of an axon to netrins is dictated by the composition of netrin receptors on the cell surface(More)
The Tübingen large-scale zebrafish genetic screen completed in 1996 identified a set of five genes required for orderly somite segmentation. Four of them have been molecularly identified and three were found to code for components of the Notch pathway, which are required for the coordinated oscillation of gene expression, known as the segmentation clock, in(More)
Slits are multifunctional guidance cues, capable of triggering neurite repulsion, extension, or branching, depending on cell type and developmental context. While the Robo family of Slit receptors is a well-established mediator of axon repulsion, a role for Robos in Slit-mediated neurite growth and branching is not well defined, and the signaling molecules(More)
The activated B-cell factor (ABF)-1 cDNA was initially isolated from Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-infected B cells and codes for a DNA-binding protein belonging to the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) family of transcription factors. In this study, we characterized the nuclear localization signal of ABF-1, mapped two distinct transcriptional repression domains,(More)
Members of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) family of transcription factors regulate a wide array of developmental processes in many cell types, including cell fate specification, differentiation and morphogenesis. Our studies describe the cloning of a gene from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that is closely related to the vertebrate-activated B-cell(More)
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