Vera A. McIlvain

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GAP-43 has been implicated in axonal pathfinding and sprouting, synaptic plasticity, and neurotransmitter release. However, its effect on cortical development in vivo is poorly understood. We have previously shown that GAP-43 knockout (-/-) mice fail to develop whisker-related barrels or an ordered whisker map in the cortex. Here we used cytochrome oxidase(More)
Cell specific gene expression is largely regulated by different combinations of transcription factors that bind cis-elements in the upstream promoter sequence. However, experimental detection of cis-elements is difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. This provides a motivation for developing bioinformatic methods to identify cis-elements that could(More)
Transformation of undifferentiated progenitors into specific cell types is largely dependent on temporal and spatial expression of a complex network of transcription factors. Here, we examined whether neural retina leucine zipper (Nrl) and photoreceptor-specific nuclear receptor Nr2e3 transcription factors contribute to cell fate determination. We cloned(More)
The long-wavelength sensitive (red) opsin genes encode proteins which play a central role in daytime and color vision in vertebrates. We used transgenic Xenopus to identify 5' cis-elements in the red cone opsin promoter necessary for cone-specific expression. We found a highly conserved extended region (-725 to -173) that was required for restricting GFP(More)
GAP-43 heterozygous (HZ) mice exhibit abnormal thalamocortical pathfinding, fasciculation, and terminal arborization at postnatal day 7 (P7). Here we tested whether these defects are correlated with delayed development of HZ cortical patterns. We assessed the rate of barrel segregation and radial glia differentiation in wild-type (WT) and HZ cortices. Since(More)
In vertebrates, rod photoreceptor-specific gene expression is regulated by the large Maf and Pax-like transcription factors, Nrl/LNrl and Crx/Otx5. The ubiquitous occurrence of their target DNA binding sites throughout rod-specific gene promoters suggests that multiple transcription factor interactions within the promoter are functionally important.(More)
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