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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1997 Feb;7(1):13-20.

Basic helix-loop-helix genes in neural development.

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Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Campus Box 347, Colorado 80309-0347, USA.


Several major advances in the understanding of the regulation of vertebrate neurogenesis by members of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) protein family have been made in the past year. Specifically, a number of bHLH genes have been cloned and shown to convert non-neuronal fate to neuronal fate when expressed ectopically. In particular, studies on NeuroD and Neurogenin suggest a regulatory pathway, providing powerful molecular tools to study vertebrate neurogenesis.

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