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Biemar, F., Nix, D.A., Piel, J., Peterson, B., Ronshaugen, M., Sementchenko, V., Bell, I., Manak, J.R., Levine, M.S. (2006). Comprehensive identification of Drosophila dorsal-ventral patterning genes using a whole-genome tiling array.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 103(34): 12763--12768.
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FBrf0191950
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Research paper
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Dorsal-ventral (DV) patterning of the Drosophila embryo is initiated by Dorsal, a sequence-specific transcription factor distributed in a broad nuclear gradient in the precellular embryo. Previous studies have identified as many as 70 protein-coding genes and one microRNA (miRNA) gene that are directly or indirectly regulated by this gradient. A gene regulation network, or circuit diagram, including the functional interconnections among 40 Dorsal target genes and 20 associated tissue-specific enhancers, has been determined for the initial stages of gastrulation. Here, we attempt to extend this analysis by identifying additional DV patterning genes using a recently developed whole-genome tiling array. This analysis led to the identification of another 30 protein-coding genes, including the Drosophila homolog of Idax, an inhibitor of Wnt signaling. In addition, remote 5' exons were identified for at least 10 of the approximately 100 protein-coding genes that were missed in earlier annotations. As many as nine intergenic uncharacterized transcription units were identified, including two that contain known microRNAs, miR-1 and -9a. We discuss the potential functions of these recently identified genes and suggest that intronic enhancers are a common feature of the DV gene network.

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PMC1636694 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    English
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    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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    1915-
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    0027-8424
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