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J Urol. 1996 Jan;155(1):342-6.

Expression of the homeotic gene Hox-d13 in the developing and adult mouse prostate.

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Department of Urology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To examine expression of the homeotic gene Hox-d13 in the developing mouse prostate.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Expression was assayed by Northern analysis, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization.

RESULTS:

Expression is present in the urogenital sinus in late gestation and is localized postnatally in the urethral epithelium and prostatic ducts. Expression continues throughout development and persists in the adult prostate.

CONCLUSION:

A restricted domain of Hox-d13 expression in the developing urogenital tract is consistent with the role of the Hox genes in specifying regional identity during development. Expression in the prostate postnatally suggests additional roles in prostate ductal morphogenesis and/or cell differentiation.

PMID:
7490883
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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