Tatsuya Okafuji

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Otx2 is expressed in the mesencephalon and prosencephalon, and Gbx2 is expressed in the rhombencephalon around stage 10. Loss-of-function studies of these genes in mice have revealed that Otx2 is indispensable for the development of the anterior brain segment, and that Gbx2 is required for the development of the isthmus. We carried out gain-of-function(More)
Leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) are highly versatile and evolvable protein-ligand interaction motifs found in a large number of proteins with diverse functions, including innate immunity and nervous system development. Here we catalogue all of the extracellular LRR (eLRR) proteins in worms, flies, mice and humans. We use convergent evidence from several(More)
The forebrain cholinergic system consists of the cholinergic interneurons of the striatum and projection neurons that are distributed in loosely defined groups along the basal forebrain. Forebrain cholinergic neurons (FCNs) are born between E11 and E15, begin to express cholinergic markers at late embryonic stages, invade their projection target areas(More)
Correction to Dolan J, Walshe K, Alsbury S, Hokamp K, O'Keeffe S, Okafuji T, Miller SF, Tear G, Mitchell KJ: The extracellular leucine-rich repeat superfamily; a comparative survey and analysis of evolutionary relationships and expression patterns. BMC Genomics 2007, 8:320.
The thalamus or "inner chamber" of the brain is divided into ~30 discrete nuclei, with highly specific patterns of afferent and efferent connectivity. To identify genes that may direct these patterns of connectivity, we used two strategies. First, we used a bioinformatics pipeline to survey the predicted proteomes of nematode, fruitfly, mouse and human for(More)
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