A mouse gene related to Distal-less shows a restricted expression in the developing forebrain

Nature. 1991 Jun 27;351(6329):748-51. doi: 10.1038/351748a0.


Many genes known to be involved in embryogenesis and morphogenesis of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster encode proteins with a highly conserved region of 60 amino acids called the homeodomain. Mammalian counterparts for most of these genes have been identified, including those homologous to the Drosophila homeotic genes or to genes such as evenskipped, engrailed or caudal. We have isolated a murine homeobox gene that encodes a homeodomain similar to that encoded by the Drosophila Distalless (Dll) gene. Dll has a crucial role in Drosophila limb morphogenesis, partially specifying pattern along the proximo-distal axis of the limb. The murine counterpart is expressed in a restricted region of the developing brain, within the diencephalon and the adjacent telencephalic regions.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Diencephalon / embryology
  • Diencephalon / growth & development
  • Diencephalon / metabolism*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Gene Expression*
  • Genes, Homeobox / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Morphogenesis / genetics*
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • RNA Probes
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Telencephalon / embryology
  • Telencephalon / growth & development
  • Telencephalon / metabolism*
  • Tissue Distribution


  • RNA Probes

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X57450
  • GENBANK/X57451
  • GENBANK/X57452
  • GENBANK/X57453
  • GENBANK/X57454
  • GENBANK/X57455
  • GENBANK/X57552
  • GENBANK/X57688
  • GENBANK/X57689
  • GENBANK/X59436