DNA-binding characteristics of cnidarian Pax-C and Pax-B proteins in vivo and in vitro: no simple relationship with the Pax-6 and Pax-2/5/8 classes.


Cnidarians are the simplest animals in which distinct eyes are present. We have previously suggested that cnidarian Pax-Cam might represent a precursor of the Pax-6 class. Here we show that when expressed in Drosophila imaginal discs, Pax-Cam chimeric proteins containing the C-terminal region of EY were capable of eye induction and driving expression of a… (More)

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