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Mech Dev April 1, 1999; 82 (1-2): 191-4.
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Mespo: a novel basic helix-loop-helix gene expressed in the presomitic mesoderm and posterior tailbud of Xenopus embryos.

Joseph EM , Cassetta LA .

We have isolated a novel gene from Xenopus, called Mespo, which encodes a protein containing a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) motif characteristic of a family of transcriptional activators. Mespo expression begins at the gastrula stage and continues throughout tailbud stages; expression occurs in the presomitic mesoderm and the posterior tailbud. Mespo has high similarity to a subfamily of bHLH transcription factors involved in segmentation of the presomitic paraxial mesoderm.

PubMed ID: 10354484
Article link: Mech Dev

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: msgn1

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