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Gene Expr Patterns. 2005 Aug;5(6):763-73.

Pax2 expression patterns in the developing chick inner ear.

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Departamento de Biología Celular, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz, Spain.


The fate specification of the developing vertebrate inner ear could be determined by complex regulatory genetic pathways involving the Pax2/5/8 genes. Pax2 expression has been reported in the otic placode and vesicle of all vertebrates that have been studied. Loss-of-function experiments suggest that the Pax2 gene plays a key role in the development of the cochlear duct and acoustic ganglion. Despite all these data, the role of Pax2 gene in the specification of the otic epithelium is still only poorly defined. In the present work, we report a detailed study of the spatial and temporal Pax2 expression patterns during the development of the chick inner ear. In the period analysed, Pax2 is expressed only in some presumptive sensory patches, but not all, even though all sensory patches show the scattered Pax2 expression pattern later on. We also show that Pax2 is also expressed in several non-sensory structures.

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