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Structure and expression of Wnt13, a novel mouse Wnt2 related gene.

We have identified a novel mouse member of the Wnt family, Wnt13. Among mouse Wnt genes, Wnt13 is most closely related to Wnt2. Sequence comparisons and chromosomal localization strongly suggest that Wnt13, rather than Wnt2, is the mouse orthologue of both the human WNT13 and Xenopus XWnt2 genes. Wnt13 is expressed in the embryonic mesoderm during gastrulation. At later stages, transcripts are detected in the dorsal midline of the diencephalon and mesencephalon, the heart primordia, the periphery of the lung bud and the otic and optic vesicles. These data suggest that Wnt13 function might partially overlap with those of other Wnt genes in the cell signaling mechanisms controlling mesoderm specification during gastrulation and some aspects of brain, heart and lung formation.[1]


  1. Structure and expression of Wnt13, a novel mouse Wnt2 related gene. Zakin, L.D., Mazan, S., Maury, M., Martin, N., Guénet, J.L., Brûlet, P. Mech. Dev. (1998) [Pubmed]
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