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The Pax5 gene, coding for the transcription factor BSAP, was mutated in the mouse germline by targeted disruption. Homozygous mutant mice were born alive, became growth retarded, and usually died within three weeks. About 5% of mutants survived to adulthood and were fertile, but severely runted. Morphogenesis of the posterior midbrain was affected as early(More)
The development of two major subdivisions of the vertebrate nervous system, the midbrain and the cerebellum, is controlled by signals emanating from a constriction in the neural primordium called the midbrain/hindbrain organizer (Joyner, A. L. (1996) Trends Genet. 12, 15-201). The closely related transcription factors Pax-2 and Pax-5 exhibit an overlapping(More)
Midbrain and cerebellum development depends on an organizing center that is located at the midbrain-hindbrain junction of the vertebrate embryo. Expression of the two closely related transcription factors Pax2 and Pax5 overlaps spatially and temporally in this region of the developing central nervous system. To study a possible interaction of these(More)
The inferior colliculus in the auditory midbrain region is underdeveloped near the midline in mice lacking the transcription factor Pax5. We have now tested whether hearing deficiencies occur in these mice by measuring auditory evoked brainstem responses. However, the responses and audiograms obtained in homozygous Pax5 mutants did not differ from those of(More)
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