Scientific article

Interspecies exchange of a Hoxd enhancer in vivo induces premature transcription and anterior shift of the sacrum

Published inDevelopmental biology, vol. 190, no. 1, p. 32-40
Publication date1997

The precise activation, in space and time, of vertebrate Hox genes is an essential requirement for normal morphogenesis. In order to assess for the functional potential of evolutionary conserved Hox regulatory sequences, a phylogenetically conserved bipartite regulatory element necessary for proper spatial and temporal activation of the Hoxd-11 gene was replaced by its fish counterpart in the HoxD complex of mice, using an ES cell-based targeted exchange. Fetuses carrying this replacement activated Hoxd-11 transcription prematurely, which led to a rostral shift of its expression boundary and a consequent anterior transposition of the sacrum. These results demonstrate the high phylogenetic conservation of regulatory mechanisms acting over vertebrate Hox complexes and suggest that minor time difference (heterochronies) in Hox gene activation may have contributed to important morphological variations in the course of evolution.

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning
  • Molecular
  • Conserved Sequence
  • DNA
  • Recombinant
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development
  • Enhancer Elements
  • Genetic/physiology
  • Genes
  • Homeobox/genetics
  • Homeodomain Proteins/genetics
  • Mice
  • Mice
  • Transgenic
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • RNA
  • Messenger/analysis
  • Sacrum/embryology
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis
  • DNA
  • Species Specificity
  • Transcription Factors/genetics
  • Transcriptional Activation/genetics
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins
Citation (ISO format)
GERARD, Matthieu, ZAKANY, Jozsef, DUBOULE, Denis. Interspecies exchange of a Hoxd enhancer in vivo induces premature transcription and anterior shift of the sacrum. In: Developmental biology, 1997, vol. 190, n° 1, p. 32–40. doi: 10.1006/dbio.1997.8679
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ISSN of the journal0012-1606

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