Gradients of extracellular signaling molecules and transcription factors are used in a variety of developmental processes, including the patterning of the Drosophila embryo, the establishment of diverse neuronal cell types in the vertebrate neural tube, and the anterior-posterior patterning of vertebrate limbs. Here, we discuss how a gradient of the maternal transcription factor Dorsal produces complex patterns of gene expression across the dorsal-ventral (DV) axis of the early Drosophila embryo. The identification of 60-70 Dorsal target genes, along with the characterization of ≈35 associated regulatory DNAs, suggests that there are at least six different regulatory codes driving diverse DV expression profiles.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Dec 23 2008|
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