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The phylogenetic analysis of tetraspanins projects the evolution of cell-cell interactions from unicellular to multicellular organisms.
In animals, the tetraspanins are a large superfamily of membrane proteins that play important roles in organizing various cell-cell and matrix-cell interactions and signal pathways based on suchExpand
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Molecular evolution of fibrillar collagen in chordates, with implications for the evolution of vertebrate skeletons and chordate phylogeny
SUMMARY Vertebrates have seven types of fibrillar collagens that are encoded by 11 genes. Types I, V, and XXIV collagens are components of mineralized bone, whereas types II, XI, and XXVII collagensExpand
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Response of complement expression to challenge with lipopolysaccharide in embryos/larvae of zebrafish Danio rerio: acquisition of immunocompetent complement.
The development of complement in fish is poorly understood, and little information is available about the acquisition of full complement capacities. In this study we demonstrated the ontogenic andExpand
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Genome Sequencing of the Perciform Fish Larimichthys crocea Provides Insights into Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Stress Adaptation
The large yellow croaker Larimichthys crocea (L. crocea) is one of the most economically important marine fish in China and East Asian countries. It also exhibits peculiar behavioral andExpand
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Complement Activity in the Egg Cytosol of Zebrafish Danio rerio: Evidence for the Defense Role of Maternal Complement Components
Most fish embryos that develop externally are exposed to an environment full of microbes. How they survive microbial attacks are not understood to date. Here we demonstrated that the egg cytosolExpand
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Conserved RARE localization in amphioxus Hox clusters and implications for Hox code evolution in the vertebrate neural crest
The Hox code in the neural crest cells plays an important role in the development of the complex craniofacial structures that are characteristic of vertebrates. Previously, 3′ AmphiHox1 flankingExpand
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Evolution of Galanin Receptor Genes: Insights from the Deuterostome Genomes
Abstract Galanin exerts its biological activities through three different G protein-coupled receptors, Galr1, Galr2 and Galr3. To obtain insights into the evolution of Galrs, we searched the genomesExpand
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Functional characterization of mannose-binding lectin in zebrafish: implication for a lectin-dependent complement system in early embryos.
The lectin pathway involves recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns by mannose-binding lectin (MBL), and the subsequent activation of associated enzymes, termed MBL-associated serineExpand
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Expression, mitogenic activity and regulation by growth hormone of growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor in Branchiostoma belcheri
The growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis is unique to all the vertebrate species but its evolutionary origin is ill-defined. We therefore cloned a cDNA encoding BranchiostomaExpand
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Vitellogenin is a novel player in defense reactions.
The significance of the presence of vitellogenin (Vg), a female-specific protein, in male and juvenile fish is uncertain. Here we show that the Vg purified from the rosy barb Puntius conchoniusExpand
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