Multiple Functions of the Dmrt Genes in the Development of the Central Nervous System

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Abstract

The Dmrt genes encode the transcription factor containing the DM (doublesex and mab-3) domain, an intertwined zinc finger-like DNA binding module. While Dmrt genes are mainly involved in the sexual development of various species, recent studies have revealed that Dmrt genes, which belong to the DmrtA subfamily, are differentially expressed in the embryonic brain and spinal cord and are essential for the development of the central nervous system. Herein, we summarize recent studies that reveal the multiple functions of the Dmrt genes in various aspects of vertebrate neural development, including brain patterning, neurogenesis, and the specification of neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number789583
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 9

Keywords

  • DmrtA subfamily
  • corticogenesis
  • neurogenesis
  • neuronal specification
  • patterning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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