Differential expression patterns of the hox gene are associated with differential growth of insect hind legs.

@article{Mahfooz2004DifferentialEP,
  title={Differential expression patterns of the hox gene are associated with differential growth of insect hind legs.},
  author={Najmus S. Mahfooz and Hua Li and Aleksandar Popadic},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 14},
  pages={4877-82}
}
Diversification of leg appendages is one of the hallmarks of morphological evolution in insects. In particular, insect hind (T3) legs exhibit a whole spectrum of morphological diversification, ranging from uniform to extremely modified. To elucidate the developmental basis of T3 leg evolution, we have examined the expression patterns of two homeotic genes, Ultrabithorax and abdominal-A (collectively referred to as UbdA), in a broad range of species. First, our results show that UbdA expression… CONTINUE READING

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