We have isolated mammalian homologues of the Drosophila dachshund gene. Two domains of high conservation, one of which contains an alpha-helical, coiled-coil motif, show similarity to the Ski family of genes. We therefore propose that Dachshund belongs to a superfamily including these genes. Mouse Dachshund (Dach) is expressed in the eye and limb, structures affected by the Drosophila loss-of-function mutant, and rib primordia, CNS and genital eminence. Pax6 and Dach show overlapping but non-identical expression patterns. Dach expression is unaffected in smalleye mouse brain, indicating that Pax6 is not directly activating Dach. In Drosophila eye development dachshund is a component of an interacting network of proteins. Genes homologous to many of these exist in mammals; Dach joins this expanding group.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Mechanisms of Development|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|