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Int J Dev Biol. 2002 Dec;46(8):999-1004.

The circadian gene Clock is required for the correct early expression of the head specific gene Otx2.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK.


The circadian cycle is a universal molecular mechanism for imposing cyclical control on cellular processes. Here we have examined the role of one of the crucial circadian genes, Clock, in early Xenopus development. We show that a dominant negative version of Clock can block the function of the endogenous Clock gene. Doing so during early development reduces Otx2 expression in a highly specific manner and results in anterior defects. Together with previous work (Green et al. (2001) Mech. Dev. 105-110), these results suggest that a positive regulatory loop exists between Clock and Otx2.

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