New 3' elements control Pax6 expression in the developing pretectum, neural retina and olfactory region

Caroline Griffin, Dirk A Kleinjan, Brendan Doe, Veronica van Heyningen

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Abstract

Pax6 is a key transcriptional regulator in eye, olfactory system, forebrain, pituitary cerebellum, spinal cord and pancreas development. Alternative splicing, promoter usage and multiple enhancers regulate the complex Pax6 spatio-temporal expression pattern. Chromosomal rearrangements which abolish PAX6 gene expression have been characterised downstream of the coding region. Through evolutionary sequence comparison and transgenic reporter studies, we have identified a new Pax6 3' cis-regulatory region. This region, C1170 Box 123, contains three distinct modules of human-mouse sequence conservation, while only Box 1 is conserved to Fugu. Both the human and the orthologous Fugu sequence direct similar reporter gene expression in the developing pretectum, neural retina and olfactory region, indicating evolutionary conservation of Pax6 regulatory mechanisms despite the low level of overall sequence conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-100
Number of pages12
JournalMechanisms of Development
Volume112
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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