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  1. The paired homeobox protein Pax6 is essential for proliferation and pluripotency of retinal progenitors. However, temporal changes in Pax6 protein expression associated with the generation of various retinal n...

    Authors: Yi-Wen Hsieh and Xian-Jie Yang

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:32

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The Drosophila embryonic central nervous system (CNS) develops from two sets of progenitor cells, neuroblasts and ventral midline progenitors, which behave differently in many respects. Neuroblasts derive from th...

    Authors: Karin Lüer and Gerhard M Technau

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:30

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  3. Homer proteins are post-synaptic density proteins with known functions in receptor trafficking and calcium homeostasis. While they are key mediators of synaptic plasticity, they are also known to function in a...

    Authors: Robert Gasperini, Derek Choi-Lundberg, Michael JW Thompson, Camilla B Mitchell and Lisa Foa

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:29

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  4. Capricious is a Drosophila adhesion molecule that regulates specific targeting of a subset of motor neurons to their muscle target. We set out to identify whether one of its vertebrate homologues, Lrrn2, might pl...

    Authors: Laura C Andreae, Andrew Lumsden and Jonathan D Gilthorpe

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:27

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  5. Dendrites differ from axons in patterns of growth and development, as well as in morphology. Given that microtubules are key structural elements in cells, we assessed patterns of microtubule stability and poly...

    Authors: Katherine M Kollins, Robert L Bell, Matthew Butts and Ginger S Withers

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:26

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  6. Regulated secretion of specialized neuropeptides in the vertebrate neuroendocrine system is critical for ensuring physiological homeostasis. Expression of these cell-specific peptide markers in the differentia...

    Authors: Deborah M Kurrasch, Linda M Nevin, Jinny S Wong, Herwig Baier and Holly A Ingraham

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:22

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  7. Lim-HD proteins control crucial aspects of neuronal differentiation, including subtype identity and axonal guidance. The Lim-HD proteins Lhx2/9 and Lhx1/5 are expressed in the dorsal spinal interneuron populat...

    Authors: Oshri Avraham, Yoav Hadas, Lilach Vald, Sophie Zisman, Adi Schejter, Axel Visel and Avihu Klar

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:21

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  8. In addition to its well-known expression in dorsal telencephalic progenitor cells, where it regulates cell proliferation and identity, the transcription factor Pax6 is expressed in some ventral telencephalic c...

    Authors: T Ian Simpson, Thomas Pratt, John O Mason and David J Price

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:19

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  9. Semaphorins are known to play an important role in axon guidance and growth by triggering dynamic rearrangements of the actin cytoskeleton in the neuronal growth cone. Intriguingly, some of these guidance mole...

    Authors: Timothy P O'Connor, Katie Cockburn, Wenyan Wang, Lucia Tapia, Erin Currie and Shernaz X Bamji

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:18

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  10. The cell adhesion molecule pair neuroligin1 (Nlg1) and β-neurexin (β-NRX) is a powerful inducer of postsynaptic differentiation of glutamatergic synapses in vitro. Because Nlg1 induces accumulation of two essenti...

    Authors: Stephanie L Barrow, John RL Constable, Eliana Clark, Faten El-Sabeawy, A Kimberley McAllister and Philip Washbourne

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:17

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Approximately 10% of Caenorhabditis elegans nervous system synapses are electrical, that is, gap junctions composed of innexins. The locomotory nervous system consists of several pairs of interneurons and three m...

    Authors: Todd A Starich, Ji Xu, I Martha Skerrett, Bruce J Nicholson and Jocelyn E Shaw

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:16

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  12. The neurons in the vertebrate retina arise from multipotent retinal progenitor cells (RPCs). It is not clear, however, which progenitors are multipotent or why they are multipotent.

    Authors: Marta Vitorino, Patricia R Jusuf, Daniel Maurus, Yukiko Kimura, Shin-ichi Higashijima and William A Harris

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:14

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  13. Cell adhesion molecules of the immunoglobulin superfamily (IgCAMs) form one of the largest and most diverse families of adhesion molecules and receptors in the nervous system. Many members of this family media...

    Authors: Valentin Schwarz, Jie Pan, Susanne Voltmer-Irsch and Harald Hutter

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:13

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  14. Studies in mouse, Xenopus and chicken have shown that Otx2 and Gbx2 expression domains are fundamental for positioning the midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) organizer. Of the two zebrafish gbx genes, gbx1 is a li...

    Authors: Muriel Rhinn, Klaus Lun, Reiner Ahrendt, Michaela Geffarth and Michael Brand

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:12

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  15. The homeodomain transcription factors Engrailed-1 and Engrailed-2 are required for the survival of mesencephalic dopaminergic (mesDA) neurons in a cell-autonomous and gene-dose-dependent manner. Homozygote mutant...

    Authors: Kambiz N Alavian, Paola Sgadò, Lavinia Alberi, Srinivasa Subramaniam and Horst H Simon

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:11

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  16. As the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) ends its first year, it is worth looking back to see how the experiment has worked.

    Authors: Clifford B Saper and John HR Maunsell

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:10

    Content type: Editorial

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  17. The production of new neurons during adulthood and their subsequent integration into a mature central nervous system have been shown to occur in all vertebrate species examined to date. However, the situation ...

    Authors: Jakob W von Trotha, Boris Egger and Andrea H Brand

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:9

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  18. Translation in axons is required for growth cone chemotropic responses to many guidance cues. Although locally synthesized proteins are beginning to be identified, how specific mRNAs are selected for translati...

    Authors: Andrew C Lin, Chin Lik Tan, Chien-Ling Lin, Laure Strochlic, Yi-Shuian Huang, Joel D Richter and Christine E Holt

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:8

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  19. Wnt proteins play roles in many biological processes, including axon guidance and cell migration. In the mammalian hindbrain, facial branchiomotor (FBM) neurons undergo a striking rostral to caudal migration, ...

    Authors: ValȲrie Vivancos, Ping Chen, Nathalie Spassky, Dong Qian, Alain Dabdoub, Matthew Kelley, Michȳle Studer and Sarah Guthrie

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:7

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  20. The Hox family of homeodomain transcription factors comprises pivotal regulators of cell specification and identity during animal development. However, despite their well-defined roles in the establishment of ...

    Authors: David Chambers, Leigh Jane Wilson, Fabienne Alfonsi, Ewan Hunter, Uma Saxena, Eric Blanc and Andrew Lumsden

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:6

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The homeobox gene Gsx2 (formerly Gsh2) is known to regulate patterning in the lateral ganglionic eminence (LGE) of the embryonic telencephalon. In its absence, the closely related gene Gsx1 (previously known as G...

    Authors: Bei Wang, Ronald R Waclaw, Zegary J Allen II, Francois Guillemot and Kenneth Campbell

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:5

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  22. Fibroblast growth factors (Fgfs) are important regulators of cerebral cortex development. Fgf2, Fgf8 and Fgf17 promote growth and specification of rostromedial (frontoparietal) cortical areas. Recently, the fu...

    Authors: Rachel E Thomson, Peter C Kind, Nicholas A Graham, Michelle L Etherson, John Kennedy, Ana C Fernandes, Catia S Marques, Robert F Hevner and Tomoko Iwata

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:4

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  23. Adenomatous polyposis coli (Apc) is a large multifunctional protein known to be important for Wnt/β-catenin signalling, cytoskeletal dynamics, and cell polarity. In the developing cerebral cortex, Apc is expresse...

    Authors: Uladzislau Ivaniutsin, Yijing Chen, John O Mason, David J Price and Thomas Pratt

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:3

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  24. The differentiation of neural progenitors into distinct classes within the central nervous system occurs over an extended period during which cells become progressively restricted in their fates. In the develo...

    Authors: Dritan Agalliu and Ira Schieren

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:2

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  25. In Xenopus retinogenesis, p27Xic1, a Xenopus cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor, functions as a cell fate determinant in both gliogenesis and neurogenesis in a context dependent manner. This activity is essential ...

    Authors: Toshiaki Mochizuki, Aikaterini Bilitou, Caroline T Waters, Kamran Hussain, Massimo Zollo and Shin-ichi Ohnuma

    Citation: Neural Development 2009 4:1

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  26. Neuronal connections are often arranged in layers, which are divided into sublaminae harboring synapses with similar response properties. It is still debated how fine-grained synaptic layering is established d...

    Authors: Linda M Nevin, Michael R Taylor and Herwig Baier

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:36

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  27. Neurogenic placodes are focal thickenings of the embryonic ectoderm that form in the vertebrate head. It is within these structures that the precursors of the majority of the sensory neurons of the cranial gan...

    Authors: Claire A Canning, Lily Lee, Sarah Xinwei Luo, Anthony Graham and C Michael Jones

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:35

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  28. The trajectory of corticospinal tract (CST) axons from cortex to spinal cord involves a succession of choice points, each of which is controlled by multiple guidance molecules. To assess the involvement of tra...

    Authors: Annette E Rünker, Graham E Little, Fumikazu Suto, Hajime Fujisawa and Kevin J Mitchell

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:34

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  29. Encoding of olfactory information in insects occurs in the antennal lobe where the olfactory receptor neurons interact with projection neurons and local interneurons in a complex sensory processing circuitry. ...

    Authors: Abhijit Das, Sonia Sen, Robert Lichtneckert, Ryuichi Okada, Kei Ito, Veronica Rodrigues and Heinrich Reichert

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:33

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  30. Wnt proteins comprise a large class of signaling molecules that regulate a variety of developmental processes, including synapse formation. Previous studies have shown Wnts to be involved in both the induction...

    Authors: Elizabeth K Davis, Yimin Zou and Anirvan Ghosh

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:32

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  31. Radial glia comprise a molecularly defined neural progenitor population but their role in neurogenesis has remained contested due to the lack of a single universally accepted genetic tool for tracing their pro...

    Authors: Todd E Anthony and Nathaniel Heintz

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:30

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  32. Robo1, Robo2 and Rig-1 (Robo3), members of the Robo protein family, are candidate receptors for the chemorepellents Slit and are known to play a crucial role in commissural axon guidance in the spinal cord. Ho...

    Authors: Atsushi Tamada, Tatsuro Kumada, Yan Zhu, Tomoko Matsumoto, Yumiko Hatanaka, Keiko Muguruma, Zhe Chen, Yasuto Tanabe, Makio Torigoe, Kenta Yamauchi, Hiroshi Oyama, Kazuhiko Nishida and Fujio Murakami

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:29

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  33. Adrenal chromaffin cells and sympathetic neurons both originate from the neural crest, yet signals that trigger chromaffin development remain elusive. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) emanating from the dors...

    Authors: Katrin Huber, Aylin Franke, Barbara Brühl, Shlomi Krispin, Uwe Ernsberger, Andreas Schober, Oliver von Bohlen und Halbach, Hermann Rohrer, Chaya Kalcheim and Klaus Unsicker

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:28

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  34. Neural crest progenitors arise as epithelial cells and then undergo a process of epithelial to mesenchymal transition that precedes the generation of cellular motility and subsequent migration. We aim at under...

    Authors: Maya Groysman, Irit Shoval and Chaya Kalcheim

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:27

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  35. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) functions in cell migration and signaling through activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling cascade. Neuronal function of FAK has been suggested to control...

    Authors: Pei-I Tsai, Hsiu-Hua Kao, Caroline Grabbe, Yu-Tao Lee, Aurnab Ghose, Tzu-Ting Lai, Kuan-Po Peng, David Van Vactor, Ruth H Palmer, Ruey-Hwa Chen, Shih-Rung Yeh and Cheng-Ting Chien

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:26

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  36. The formation of functional synapses is a crucial event in neuronal network formation, and with regard to regulation of breathing it is essential for life. Members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β...

    Authors: Katharina Heupel, Vardanush Sargsyan, Jaap J Plomp, Michael Rickmann, Frédérique Varoqueaux, Weiqi Zhang and Kerstin Krieglstein

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:25

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  37. The skeletal neuromuscular junction is a useful model for elucidating mechanisms that regulate synaptogenesis. Developmentally important intercellular interactions at the neuromuscular junction are mediated by...

    Authors: Michael A Fox, Matthew SP Ho, Neil Smyth and Joshua R Sanes

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:24

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  38. Neurons assemble into a functional network through a sequence of developmental processes including neuronal polarization and synapse formation. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the serine/threonine SAD-1 kinase is esse...

    Authors: Joanne SM Kim, Brendan N Lilley, Chao Zhang, Kevan M Shokat, Joshua R Sanes and Mei Zhen

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:23

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  39. The development of the corticospinal tract (CST) in higher vertebrates relies on a series of axon guidance decisions along its long projection pathway. Several guidance molecules are known to be involved at va...

    Authors: Regina L Faulkner, Lawrence K Low, Xiao-Bo Liu, Jeffrey Coble, Edward G Jones and Hwai-Jong Cheng

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:21

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  40. Runt-related (Runx) transcription factors control diverse aspects of embryonic development and are responsible for the pathogenesis of many human diseases. In recent years, the functions of this transcription ...

    Authors: Ken-ichi Inoue, Takashi Shiga and Yoshiaki Ito

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:20

    Content type: Review

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  41. Secreted frizzled related proteins (SFRPs) are multifunctional modulators of Wnt and BMP (Bone Morphogenetic Protein) signalling necessary for the development of most organs and the homeostasis of different ad...

    Authors: Javier Lopez-Rios, Pilar Esteve, Jose Maria Ruiz and Paola Bovolenta

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:19

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  42. Expression of correct neurotransmitters is crucial for normal nervous system function. How neurotransmitter expression is regulated is not well-understood; however, previous studies provide evidence that both ...

    Authors: Alexandra Tallafuss and Judith S Eisen

    Citation: Neural Development 2008 3:18

    Content type: Research article

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Editors-in-Chief

Chris Doe
University of Oregon, USA
Julia Kaltschmidt
Stanford University, USA
Beth Stevens
Harvard University, USA

 

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