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A family of genes encoding zona pellucida (ZP) domain proteins is expressed in various epithelial tissues during Drosophila embryogenesis

Jazwinska, A. and Affolter, M.. (2004) A family of genes encoding zona pellucida (ZP) domain proteins is expressed in various epithelial tissues during Drosophila embryogenesis. Gene Expression Patterns, Vol. 4, H. 4. pp. 413-421.

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Abstract

Zona pellucida (ZP) domain proteins have been identified in various species from worms to humans. Most of the characterized ZP family members are secreted or remain anchored to the plasma membrane where they play a structural role and/or act as receptors. In humans, several ZP proteins attracted attention because of their abundant expression in certain organs and their relation to various diseases. Here, we compare the molecular architecture and embryonic expression pattern of the 18 genes encoding ZP proteins in Drosophila melanogaster. Only five of these genes have been genetically characterized. All ZP genes are expressed in the embryo in epithelial tissues, such as the foregut, the hindgut, the Malpighian tubules, the salivary glands, the tracheal system, sensory organs and epidermis. Five genes are expressed during oogenesis; two of them are transcribed in the follicular epithelium, but not in the germ line cells.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Growth & Development > Cell Biology (Affolter)
UniBasel Contributors:Affolter, Markus
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier Science
ISSN:1567-133X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:20
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:21

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