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Spatio-temporal expression of wnt-1 during embryonic-, wing- and silkgland development in Bombyx mori

Dhawan, S and Gopinathan, KP (2003) Spatio-temporal expression of wnt-1 during embryonic-, wing- and silkgland development in Bombyx mori. In: Gene Expression Patterns, 3 (5). pp. 559-570.

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Abstract

A homologue of the segment polarity gene wnt-1 from Bombyx mori (Bmwnt-1) has been characterized. The segmentally reiterated pattern of Bmwnt-1 transcrip9t distribution in B. mori embryos suggested its segment polarity function. Maximal levels of Bmwnt-1 RNA during embryonic development were reached by stage 21A. In the larval stages, Bmwnt-1 was expressed in the fore- and hindwing discs, ovaries, testes and gut, reminiscent of the expression domains in Drosophila. Bmwnt-1 was expressed in the wing-margin area of both the fore- and hindwing discs. The pattern of wnt-1 expression in the hindwing discs was similar to that in the butterfly Precis coenia but subtle differences existed in forewing discs of the two species, which correlated well with the absence of proximal bands of pigmentation in the adult Bombyx wings. In addition, Bmwnt-1 was expressed in the silkglands and the expression was confined to the anterior sub-compartment within the middle silkglands throughout development from the embryonic to late larval stages. This domain of Bmwnt-1 expression overlapped with those of Cubitus interruptus (BmCi) and sericin-2 but excluded the Engrailed expression domain viz. the middle and posterior sub-compartments of middle silkglands. Bmwnt-1 expression was detected only during the intermoults and not in the moulting periods.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Bombyx mori;Compartment specification;Cubitus interruptus;Engrailed;Fkh/SGF-1;Segment polarity gene; Silkgland development;wnt-1/wingless
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/12630

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