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Brn3a/Brn-3.0 is a POU-domain transcription factor expressed in primary sensory neurons of the cranial and dorsal root ganglia and in specific neurons in the caudal CNS. Mice lacking Brn3a undergo extensive sensory neural death late in gestation and die at birth. To further examine Brn3a expression and the abnormalities that accompany its absence, we(More)
In order to generate a zebrafish model of beta cell regeneration, we have expressed an Escherichia coli gene called nfsB in the beta cells of embryonic zebrafish. This bacterial gene encodes a nitroreductase (NTR) enzyme, which can convert prodrugs such as metronidazole (Met) to cytotoxins. By fusing nfsB to mCherry, we can simultaneously render beta cells(More)
The POU-IV or Brn-3 class of transcription factors exhibit conserved structure, DNA-binding properties, and expression in specific subclasses of neurons across widely diverged species. In the mouse CNS, Brn-3.0 expression characterizes specific neurons from neurogenesis through the life of the cell. This irreversible activation of expression suggests(More)
The ascidian Ciona intestinalis is one of the model organisms of choice for comparative investigations of chordate development and for unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying morphogenesis and cell fate specification. Taking advantage of the availability of various genetically encoded fluorescent proteins and of defined cis-regulatory elements, we(More)
The Brn-3 class of POU-domain transcription factors includes three genes in mammals which have key roles in the development of specific groups of sensory neurons. Here, we have identified three avian genes which correspond to the murine genes Brn-3.0, Brn-3.1, and Brn-3.2. Using an in situ hybridization probe generic for this gene class, the earliest(More)
The restriction of herpes virus latency to mammalian sensory ganglia has led to a search for tissue-specific regulatory molecules in these neurons which alter viral gene expression. We have recently shown that the POU-domain transcriptional regulator Brn-3.0 is abundantly expressed in the adult trigeminal ganglion. To begin to examine the hypothesis that(More)
Active retro-transposition by a synthetic L1 element in mice, Proc. Selective asymmetry in a conserved forebrain to midbrain projection, J. Exp. Zoolog. B. Mol. Dev. Neuropilin asymmetry mediates a left-right difference in habenular connectivity, Development 134, 857-865, 2007. A multi-step pathway for the establishment of sister chromatid cohesion, PLoS(More)
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