Murray Hargrave

Learn More
Mutations in the human SRY-related gene, SOX9, located on chromosome 17, have recently been associated with the sex reversal and skeletal dysmorphology syndrome, campomelic dysplasia. In order to clarify the role of this gene in skeletal development, we have studied the expression of mouse Sox9 during embryogenesis. Sox9 is expressed predominantly in(More)
Members of the GATA transcription factor gene family have been implicated in a variety of developmental processes, including that of the vertebrate central nervous system. However, the role of GATA proteins in spinal cord development remains unresolved. In this study, we investigated the expression and function of two GATA proteins, GATA2 and GATA3, in the(More)
The differentiation of neural progenitors into the many classes of neurons that exist in the mature spinal cord is a process that relies heavily on the activation of precise combinations of transcription factors. Defining these transcription factor combinations is an important aspect of research in developmental neurobiology that promises to provide(More)
The zebrafish embryo develops a series of anatomically distinct slow twitch muscle fibres that characteristically express genes encoding lineage-specific isoforms of sarcomeric proteins such as MyHC and troponin. We show here that different subsets of these slow fibres express distinct members of a tandem array of slow MyHC genes. The first slow twitch(More)
The transcription factor Pax7 is a marker and regulator of muscle progenitors and satellite cells that contribute to the embryonic development and postembryonic growth of skeletal muscle in vertebrates, as well as to its repair and regeneration. Here, we identify Pax7(+ve) myogenic cells in the zebrafish and characterize their behavior in postembryonic(More)
Sry, the mammalian Y-linked testis determining gene, is a member of a family of genes known as Sox genes, which encode transcription factors related by a DNA-binding motif termed the HMG box. Sox genes are known to have diverse roles in vertebrate differentiation and development. We report here the cloning and characterisation of one of these genes, Sox11,(More)
In the human CFTR only the rare exon 4- splice variant is conserved in mice. We have discovered two novel murine variants, exon 5- and exon 11b+. The exon 5- variant represents up to 40% of mRNA in all CFTR-expressing tissues and leaves the reading frame intact. The exon 11b+ variant inserts a novel exon between exons 11 and 12 with expression restricted to(More)
Cell-type diversity along the dorsoventral axis of the developing neural tube is influenced by factors secreted by groups of cells at the dorsal and ventral midline. Upon reception of these signals, precursor cells express specific sets of transcription factors which, in turn, play critical roles in cell-type specification. Here we report the cloning and(More)
We review investigations that have lead to a model of how the ventral spinal cord of higher vertebrate embryos is patterned during development. Central to this model is the secreted morphogen protein, Sonic hedgehog. There is now considerable evidence that this molecule acts in a concentration-dependent manner to direct the development of the spinal cord.(More)
The ability to visualize the expression of a gene in both time and space is an essential tool of developmental biology. Here, we detail a robust method for in situ hybridization of RNA probes to whole pieces of fixed tissue. This method has been optimized for reliable and sensitive visualization of the spatial patterns of gene expression in mouse embryo(More)