Developmental expression and transcriptional regulation of Ci-Pans, a novel neural marker gene of the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis.


A novel gene, named Ci-Pans, was isolated and characterized from the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. It is an 885-bp cDNA, is thought to encode a protein with no sequence similarities to known proteins and shows a spatial and temporal specific expression pattern. In fact, besides a transient early localization in the muscle precursors, it is expressed in a… (More)