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Gene. 1996 Jun 1;171(2):237-41.

Expression of the genes encoding the ecdysteroid and retinoid receptors in regenerating limb tissues from the fiddler crab, Uca pugilator.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman 73019, USA.


Using sequence information derived from the Drosophila melanogaster (Dm) ecdysteroid receptor (EcR)- and retinoid X receptor (RXR)-encoding gene homologs, we have isolated cDNA clones corresponding to the DNA-binding domains (DBD) for these two nuclear receptors from the fiddler crab, Uca pugilator (Up). Both genes appear to be represented in 1-2 copies in the Up genome, and unlike Dm, contain an intron within the DBD-encoding region. Sequence comparisons to the Dm EcR and RXR homologs indicate 76 and 82% nucleotide identity, respectively, corresponding to 6 and 4 single-amino acid substitutions which primarily cluster in the region of the molecule involved in dimerization. RT-PCR analysis indicates that both the EcR and RXR homologs are expressed during the initial stages of limb regeneration, temporally concomitant with early blastema formation and the secretion of a flexible sac cuticle at the site of limb loss.

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