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Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1046:59-68. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-7311-3_4.

Zic Genes in Nematodes: A Role in Nervous System Development and Wnt Signaling.

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1
Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille, Marseille, France.
2
Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille, Marseille, France. vincent.bertrand@univ-amu.fr.

Abstract

Transcription factors of the Zic family play important roles during animal development, and their misregulation has been implicated in several human diseases. Zic proteins are present in nematodes, and their function has been mostly studied in the model organism C. elegans. C. elegans possesses only one Zic family member, REF-2. Functional studies have shown that this factor plays a key role during the development of the nervous system, epidermis, and excretory system. In addition, they have revealed that the C. elegans Zic protein acts as an atypical mediator of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. In other animals including vertebrates, Zic factors are also regulators of nervous system development and modulators of Wnt signaling, suggesting that these are evolutionary ancient functions of Zic proteins.

KEYWORDS:

C. elegans; Development; Nematodes; Nervous system; Transcription; Wnt signaling; Zic

PMID:
29442317
DOI:
10.1007/978-981-10-7311-3_4
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