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Cell July 11, 1997; 90 (1): 169-80.

Pax6 controls progenitor cell identity and neuronal fate in response to graded Shh signaling.

Ericson J , Rashbass P , Schedl A , Brenner-Morton S , Kawakami A , van Heyningen V , Jessell TM , Briscoe J .

Distinct classes of motor neurons and ventral interneurons are generated by the graded signaling activity of Sonic hedgehog (Shh). Shh controls neuronal fate by establishing different progenitor cell populations in the ventral neural tube that are defined by the expression of Pax6 and Nkx2.2. Pax6 establishes distinct ventral progenitor cell populations and controls the identity of motor neurons and ventral interneurons, mediating graded Shh signaling in the ventral spinal cord and hindbrain.

PubMed ID: 9230312
Article link: Cell

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: nkx2-2 pax6 shh
Antibodies: Nkx2-2 Ab1