Squid Pax-6 and eye development Article

Tomarev, SI, Callaerts, P, Kos, L et al. (1997). Squid Pax-6 and eye development . PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 94(6), 2421-2426. 10.1073/pnas.94.6.2421

cited authors

  • Tomarev, SI; Callaerts, P; Kos, L; Zinovieva, R; Halder, G; Gehring, W; Piatigorsky, J



  • Pax-6 in vertebrates and its homolog eyeless in Drosophila are known to be essential for eye development. Here we investigate the role of Pax-6 in eye development in another major systematic group, molluscs. We demonstrate that alternatively spliced RNAs derived from a single Pax-6 gene in the squid (Loligo opalescens) are expressed in the embryonic eye, olfactory organ, brain, and arms. Despite significant sequence differences between squid Pax- 6 and Drosophila eyeless in the region outside the paired- and homeodomains, squid Pax-6 is able to induce the formation of ectopic eyes in Drosophila. Our results support the idea that Pax-6 related genes are necessary for eye and olfactory system formation throughout the animal kingdom.

publication date

  • March 18, 1997

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start page

  • 2421

end page

  • 2426


  • 94


  • 6