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Loss of function studies have shown that the Xenopus helix-loop-helix transcription factor Hairy2 is essential for neural crest formation and maintains cells in a mitotic undifferentiated state. However, its position in the genetic cascade regulating neural crest formation and its relationship with other neural crest regulators remain largely unknown. Here(More)
The Xenopus helix-loop-helix transcription factor Hairy2 is essential for neural crest progenitor survival and maintains cells in a mitotic undifferentiated pre-neural crest state. However, its mode of action remains largely unknown. Here we show that a Hairy2 DNA-binding mutant is unable to promote cell survival and to upregulate the expression of early(More)
A complex set of extracellular signals is required for neural crest (NC) specification. However, how these signals function to coordinate cell-cycle progression and differentiation remains poorly understood. Here, we report in Xenopus a role for the transcription factor signal transducers and activators of transcription-3 (Stat3) in this process downstream(More)
A complex set of extracellular signals is required for neural crest (NC) specification. However, how these signals function to coordinate cell cycle progression and differentiation remains poorly understood. Here,we report inXenopus a role forStat3 inthis process downstream of FGF signaling. Depletion of Stat3 inhibited NC gene expression and proliferation(More)
The neurogenin (Ngn) transcription factors control early neurogenesis and neurite outgrowth in mammalian cortex. In contrast to their proneural activity, their function in neurite growth is poorly understood. Drosophila has a single predicted Ngn homolog, Tap, of unknown function. Here we show that Tap is not a proneural protein in Drosophila but is(More)
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