Phylogenetic and mutational analyses of human LEUTX, a homeobox gene implicated in embryogenesis

@article{Katayama2018PhylogeneticAM,
  title={Phylogenetic and mutational analyses of human LEUTX, a homeobox gene implicated in embryogenesis},
  author={Shintaro Katayama and Vipin Ranga and Eeva-Mari Jouhilahti and Tomi T Airenne and Mark S. Johnson and Krishanu Mukherjee and Thomas R. B{\"u}rglin and Juha Kere},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
  year={2018},
  volume={8}
}
Recently, human PAIRED-LIKE homeobox transcription factor (TF) genes were discovered whose expression is limited to the period of embryo genome activation up to the 8-cell stage. One of these TFs is LEUTX, but its importance for human embryogenesis is still subject to debate. We confirmed that human LEUTX acts as a TAATCC-targeting transcriptional activator, like other K50-type PAIRED-LIKE TFs. Phylogenetic comparisons revealed that Leutx proteins are conserved across Placentalia and comprise… 
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