Chronicles of a switch hunt: gcm genes in development


Wegner, Michael and Riethmacher, Dieter (2001) Chronicles of a switch hunt: gcm genes in development. Trends in Genetics, 17, (5), 286-290. (doi:10.1016/S0168-9525(01)02275-2).

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Co-conservation of sequence and function is an important principle during evolution. As a consequence, sequence-related genes often have similar functions in evolutionarily distant species. Enter the 'glial cells missing' (gcm) genes. They code for a small family of novel transcription factors that share DNA-binding properties and domain structure. However, no evolutionarily conserved function is apparent as yet. The prototypical gcm from Drosophila dominates nervous system development as a fate switch and master regulator of gliogenesis, whereas mammalian gcm genes have roles in placental morphogenesis and development of the parathyroid gland. Apparently, structure and function sometimes can go separate ways.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0168-9525 (print)
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Keywords: glia, neuron, placenta, trophoblast, parathyroid, transcripton, stem cell, cell fate, conservation
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Human Genetics
ePrint ID: 60406
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:42
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/60406

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