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Mech Dev 2003 May 01;1205:561-72. doi: 10.1016/s0925-4773(03)00022-4.
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Coquillette, a sea urchin T-box gene of the Tbx2 subfamily, is expressed asymmetrically along the oral-aboral axis of the embryo and is involved in skeletogenesis.

Croce J , Lhomond G , Gache C .

Transcription factors of the T-domain family regulate many developmental processes. We have isolated from the sea urchin a new member of the Tbx2 subfamily: coquillette. Coquillette has a late zygotic expression whose localization is dynamic: at the blastula stage it is restricted to the aboral side of most of the presumptive ectoderm and endoderm territories and from gastrulation on, to the aboral-most primary mesenchyme cells. Perturbation of coquillette function delays gastrulation and strongly disorganizes the skeleton of the larva. Coquillette is sensitive to alteration of the oral-aboral (OA) axis and we identify goosecoid, which controls oral and aboral fates in the ectoderm, as a probable upstream regulator. Coquillette appears to be an integral part of the patterning system along the OA axis.

PubMed ID: 12782273
Article link: Mech Dev

Genes referenced: LOC100887844