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Cell Tissue Res. 1997 Nov;290(2):197-200.

Pax-2 in the chiasm.

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Max-Planck Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, Abt. Molekulare Zellbiologie 160, Am Fassberg, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany.


Pax genes are expressed in specific patterns in the nervous system during development and in the adult. Recent findings suggest a link between the expression of Pax-2 and axonal guidance. Mice with a targeted deletion of Pax-2 are an excellent tool for studying axonal pathfinding at the molecular level, especially with respect to the optic chiasm. The date reviewed here suggest that Pax-2 regulates the expression of surface molecules involved in contact attraction and that the mutual regulation of the expression of Pax-2 and the Sonic hedgehog gene is of importance in the formation of the chiasm region.

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