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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Feb;6(1):49-56.

Pax proteins and eye development.

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Developmental Biology Research Centre, Kings College London, UK.


Homologous members of the Pax gene family are required for eye development in Drosophila and vertebrates. Despite superficial similarities in the phenotypes of vertebrates with mutations in pax-6 and Drosophila eyeless mutants, it remains uncertain whether the two proteins encoded by these genes have comparable functions. The genetic cascade triggered by eyeless leads to eye formation, whereas pax-6 is not necessary for optic vesicle formation, but is required at other stages of eye development. A second vertebrate Pax gene, pax-2, is also required during eye development and appears to play a role during closure of the choroid fissure.

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