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Development. 2005 Oct;132(20):4421-36.

The developmental biology of Dishevelled: an enigmatic protein governing cell fate and cell polarity.

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Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, and Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA.


The Dishevelled protein regulates many developmental processes in animals ranging from Hydra to humans. Here, we discuss the various known signaling activities of this enigmatic protein and focus on the biological processes that Dishevelled controls. Through its many signaling activities, Dishevelled plays important roles in the embryo and the adult, ranging from cell-fate specification and cell polarity to social behavior. Dishevelled also has important roles in the governance of polarized cell divisions, in the directed migration of individual cells, and in cardiac development and neuronal structure and function.

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