Mizuho Iwama

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Sonic hedgehog (Shh) directs the development of ventral cell fates, including floor plate and V3 interneurons, in the mouse neural tube. Here, we show that the transcription factors Gli2 and Gli3, mediators of Shh signaling, are required for the development of the ventral cell fates but make distinct contributions to controlling cell fates at different(More)
The ephrin/Eph system plays a central role in neuronal circuit formation; however, its downstream effectors are poorly understood. Here we show that alpha-chimerin Rac GTPase-activating protein mediates ephrinB3/EphA4 forward signaling. We discovered a spontaneous mouse mutation, miffy (mfy), which results in a rabbit-like hopping gait, impaired(More)
Among the events that control cellular differentiation, the acetylation of histones plays a critical role in the regulation of transcription and the modification of chromatin. Jun dimerization protein 2 (JDP2), a member of the AP-1 family, is an inhibitor of such acetylation and contributes to the maintenance of chromatin structure. In an examination of(More)
A major concern in neuroscience is how cognitive ability in adulthood is affected and regulated by developmental mechanisms. The molecular bases of cognitive development are not well understood. We provide evidence for the involvement of the α2 isoform of Rac-specific guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase)-activating protein (RacGAP) α-chimaerin (chimerin) in(More)
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