Characterization of the homeobox-containing gene GH6 identifies novel regions of homeobox gene expression in the developing chick embryo

Dev Biol. 1994 Jan;161(1):251-62. doi: 10.1006/dbio.1994.1025.


Homeobox genes are a major group of genes involved in regulating, embryogenesis. Here we describe the identification of GH6, a novel chicken homeobox-containing gene and its spatial and temporal expression pattern in the developing chick embryo. Identity comparisons of the GH6 homeodomain suggest that it is closely related to the human homeobox gene H6, with 93% amino acid conservation. Temporally, GH6 expression is highest between embryonic stages 23 and 26; however, some expression is also detectable as early as stage 13. In situ hybridization of stage 23 embryos indicates that GH6 expression occurs at high levels in discrete craniofacial regions including the second branchial arch, the neural retina, the lens epithelium, the optic nerve, and the infundibulum. GH6 expression was also seen in the developing ventricular myocardium, representing the first report of homeobox gene expression in the developing ventricle. GH6 is also expressed in sensory spinal and cranial ganglia, suggesting that GH6 plays several roles not only in the development of craniofacial structures such as the eye and ear, but also in formation of functionally defined ganglia and myocardial structures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Chick Embryo
  • DNA, Complementary / chemistry
  • Ganglia / metabolism
  • Gene Expression*
  • Genes, Homeobox*
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Biosynthesis


  • DNA, Complementary

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L13786