Morgan Mathu

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Oct-1, a member of the POU family of transcription factors, is expressed at relatively high levels in ectodermal and mesodermal cell lineages during early Xenopus embryogenesis (Veenstra et al, 1995). Here we show that overexpression of Oct-1 induces programmed cell death concomitant with the loss of the posterior part of the body axis. Truncated Oct-1(More)
The purpose of this study was to make an explicit test of the idea that a retinoid could act as a morphogen, differentially activating genes and specifying anteroposterior (a-p) level in the developing vertebrate central nervous system (CNS). Our approach was to characterize the concentration-dependent effects of retinoic acid (RA) on the neural expression(More)
Early embryonic development in Xenopus is characterized by transcriptional repression which is relieved at the mid-blastula stage. Here we show that most of the maternally inherited POU domain transcription factor Oct-1 is retained in the cytoplasm during early development, and that it gradually translocates to the nucleus around the mid-blastula(More)
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