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Anterior/posterior compartment borders bisect every Drosophila imaginal disc, and the engrailed gene is essential for their function. We analyzed the role of the engrailed and invected genes in wing discs by eliminating or increasing their activity. Removing engrailed/invected from posterior wing cells created two new compartments: an anterior compartment(More)
We isolated and characterized numerous engrailed and invected alleles. Among the deficiencies we isolated, a mutant lacking invected sequences was viable and phenotypically normal, a mutant lacking engrailed was an embryo lethal and had slight segmentation defects, and a mutant lacking both engrailed and invected was most severely affected. In seven(More)
Early embryonic development in Drosophila depends on genes expressed during oogenesis or after zygote formation. We show that the engrailed gene is needed for the processes that organize the embryo during the nuclear divisions that precede cellularization. During the precellular blastoderm stages engrailed mutant embryos show several notable anomalies: the(More)
Transcripts from the engrailed gene of Drosophila melanogaster have been characterized by Northern, S1 nuclease sensitivity, and primer extension analyses. The engrailed gene encodes three poly(A)+ transcripts (3.6 kb, 2.7 kb, and 1.4 kb) that derive from a 3.9-kb portion of the genome. No other transcribed regions were found up to 16 kb downstream and 48(More)
BACKGROUND Fraser syndrome (FS) features renal agenesis and cystic kidneys. Mutations of FRAS1 (Fraser syndrome 1)and FREM2 (FRAS1-related extracellular matrix protein 2)cause FS. They code for basement membrane proteins expressed in metanephric epithelia where they mediate epithelial/mesenchymal signalling. Little is known about whether and where these(More)
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