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Development. 1994 Apr;120(4):769-83.

A chicken achaete-scute homolog (CASH-1) is expressed in a temporally and spatially discrete manner in the developing nervous system.

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Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle 98195, USA.


We have identified a basic helix-loop-helix encoding cDNA from embryonic chicken retina which shares sequence similarity with the achaete-scute family of genes of Drosophila. The deduced amino acid sequence of this chicken achaete-scute homolog (CASH-1) is identical, over the region encoding the basic helix-loop-helix domain, to the recently identified mammalian achaete-scute homolog (MASH-1) and to the Xenopus homolog (XASH1), and 70% identical, over the same region, to Drosophila achaete-scute complex members. The expression of CASH-1 is restricted to subsets of neuronal progenitor cells in the developing chicken nervous system, similar in distribution to that reported for MASH-1 and XASH1. In addition, in situ localization in the retina reveals a dynamic character of expression of the gene in a particular region of the CNS, and suggests that the expression of CASH-1 may be important in defining a particular stage in the progenitor cell necessary for the differentiation of particular neuronal phenotypes.

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