Milica Gakovic

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Mutations in the retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR) protein cause one of the most common and severe forms of inherited retinal dystrophy. In spite of numerous studies, the precise function of RPGR remains unclear, as is the mechanism by which RPGR mutations cause retinal degeneration. We have analysed the function of RPGR by RNA(More)
PURPOSE The authors investigated the expression and function of the zebrafish ortholog of the retinitis pigmentosa 2 (RP2) gene. METHODS Zebrafish RP2 (ZFRP2) cDNA was isolated from adult eye mRNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Gene expression was examined by RT-PCR. The deduced peptide sequence was aligned with RP2(More)
Mutations in the human RPGR gene cause one of the most common and severe forms of inherited retinal dystrophy, but the function of its protein product remains unclear. We have identified two genes resembling human RPGR (ZFRPGR1, ZFRPGR2) in zebrafish (Danio rerio), both of which are expressed within the nascent and adult eye as well as more widely during(More)
Cytokine and growth-factor ligands typically signal through homo- or hetero-dimeric cell surface receptors via Janus Kinase (JAK/TYK), or Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK)-mediated trans-phosphorylation. However, the number of receptor dimer pairings occurring in nature is limited to those driven by natural ligands encoded within our genome. We have engineered(More)
Most secreted growth factors and cytokines are functionally pleiotropic because their receptors are expressed on diverse cell types. While important for normal mammalian physiology, pleiotropy limits the efficacy of cytokines and growth factors as therapeutics. Stem cell factor (SCF) is a growth factor that acts through the c-Kit receptor tyrosine kinase to(More)
The zebrafish epithalamus is part of the diencephalon and encompasses three major components: the pineal, the parapineal and the habenular nuclei. Using sox2 knockdown, we show here that this key transcriptional regulator has pleiotropic effects during the development of these structures. Sox2 negatively regulates pineal neurogenesis. Also, Sox2 is(More)
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