Rosa S . P . Beddington

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During nervous system development, spinal commissural axons project toward floor plate cells and trochlear motor axons extend away from these cells. Netrin-1, a diffusible protein made by floor plate cells, can attract spinal commissural axons and repel trochlear axons in vitro, but its role in vivo is unknown. Netrin-1 deficient mice exhibit defects in(More)
BACKGROUND After implantation, the basic body plan of the mammalian embryo is established during gastrulation when the epithelial founder tissue of the fetus, the epiblast, gives rise to new tissues by ingression through the primitive streak. Formation of the primitive streak defines the caudal aspect of the embryo and thus the anteroposterior axis. Further(More)
During early mouse development the homeobox gene Hesx1 is expressed in prospective forebrain tissue, but later becomes restricted to Rathke's pouch, the primordium of the anterior pituitary gland. Mice lacking Hesx1 exhibit variable anterior CNS defects and pituitary dysplasia. Mutants have a reduced prosencephalon, anopthalmia or micropthalmia, defective(More)
The gene coding for the murine transcription factor GATA6 was inactivated by insertion of a beta-galactosidase marker gene. The analysis of heterozygote GATA6/lacZ mice shows two inductions of GATA6 expression early in development. It is first expressed at the blastocyst stage in part of the inner mass and in the trophectoderm. The second wave of expression(More)
The anterior visceral endoderm (AVE) of the mouse embryo is a specialised extra-embryonic tissue that is essential for anterior patterning of the embryo. It is characterised by the expression of anterior markers such as Hex, Cerberus-like and Lhx1. At pre-gastrula stages, cells of the AVE are initially located at the distal tip of the embryo, but they then(More)
A loss-of-function mutation in the mouse delta-like3 (Dll3) gene has been generated following gene targeting, and results in severe axial skeletal defects. These defects, which consist of highly disorganised vertebrae and costal defects, are similar to those associated with the Dll3-dependent pudgy mutant in mouse and with spondylocostal dysplasia (MIM(More)
Msg1 and Mrg1 are founding members of a gene family which exhibit distinct patterns of gene expression during mouse embryogenesis. Sequence analysis reveals that these genes are unlike any other gene identified to date, but they share two near-identical sequence domains. The Msg1 and Mrg1 expression profiles during early development are distinct from each(More)
In animal development, digestive tissues emerge from different positions of the endoderm as a result of patterning signals from overlying mesoderm. Although embryonic tissue movement during gastrulation generates an initial positional relationship between the endoderm and mesoderm, the role of subsequent endoderm movement against the mesoderm in patterning(More)
In vitro chimaeras have been produced by injecting [3H]thymidine-labelled 8th day embryonic ectoderm, derived from the anterior, distal or posterior regions of the egg cylinder, into unlabelled synchronous embryos. Injected embryos were cultured for 36 h and the distribution of donor cells was analysed autoradiographically. One series of orthotopic(More)
A prospective fate map of the late gastrulation mouse primitive streak has been charted in 8.5 dpc mouse embryos developed in culture, using the lineage marker DiI to label groups of cells. As at earlier stages, the fate of cells in the 8.5 dpc primitive streak is regionalised such that successively more caudal regions of the streak give rise to more(More)