Masahiro Maeno

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The biological effects of endogenous bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP-4), a member of the transforming growth factor beta family, on embryonic development of Xenopus laevis were investigated by using a functionally defective mutant of the BMP-4 receptor (delta mTFR11), which blocks the BMP signaling pathway. Injection of delta mTFR11 RNA into either the(More)
This study analyzes the expression and the function of Xenopus msx-1 (Xmsx-1) in embryos, in relation to the ventralizing activity of bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4). Expression of Xmsx-1 was increased in UV-treated ventralized embryos and decreased in LiCl-treated dorsalized embryos at the neurula stage (stage 14). Whole-mount in situ hybridization(More)
In order to study the function of tyrosine kinase receptors during Xenopus development, we have isolated Xek (Xenopus Elk-like kinase), a tyrosine kinase receptor, which shows significant homology to rat Elk and chicken cek5, members of the Eph family. Xek exists as a maternally expressed mRNA which decreases in expression at the mid blastula transition and(More)
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