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Hum Genet. 2002 May;110(5):422-8. Epub 2002 Apr 10.

A loss-of-function mutation in the CFC domain of TDGF1 is associated with human forebrain defects.

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  • 1Medical Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Drive, MSC 1852, Building 10 Room 10C103, Bethesda, MD 20892-1852, USA.

Abstract

TDGF1 (CRIPTO) is an EGF-CFC family member and an obligate co-receptor involved in NODAL signaling, a developmental program implicated in midline, forebrain, and left-right axis development in model organisms. Previous studies of CFC1 (CRYPTIC), another member of the EGF-CFC family, demonstrated that normal function of this protein is required for proper laterality development in humans. Here we identify a mutation in the conserved CFC domain of TDGF1 in a patient with midline anomalies of the forebrain. The mutant protein is inactive in a zebrafish rescue assay, indicating a role for TDGF1 in human midline and forebrain development.

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