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Curr Biol. 2002 Nov 19;12(22):R776-8.

Hox proteins: sculpting body parts by activating localized cell death.

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  • Laboratory for Development and Evolution, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, CB2 3EJ, Cambridge, UK. cra21@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Hox proteins shape animal structures by eliciting different developmental programs along the anteroposterior body axis. A recent study reveals that the Drosophila Hox protein Deformed directly activates the cell-death-promoting gene reaper to maintain the boundaries between distinct head segments.

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