Pax6: more than meets the eye

Trends Genet. 1995 Jul;11(7):268-72. doi: 10.1016/s0168-9525(00)89073-3.


The paired-box motif, originally defined in Drosophila segmentation genes is conserved in the Pax family of vertebrate developmental genes. Mutations that reduce Pax6 dosage cause dominantly inherited eye malformations in man and mouse. Remarkably, it has now been found that Drosophila has a homologue of Pax6, which also plays a key role in eye development.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aniridia / genetics*
  • Biological Evolution
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Eye Abnormalities / genetics*
  • Eye Proteins
  • Gene Dosage
  • Homeodomain Proteins*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • PAX6 Transcription Factor
  • Paired Box Transcription Factors
  • Repressor Proteins


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Eye Proteins
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • PAX6 Transcription Factor
  • PAX6 protein, human
  • Paired Box Transcription Factors
  • Pax6 protein, mouse
  • Repressor Proteins