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Calcisponges have a ParaHox gene and dynamic expression of dispersed NK homeobox genes

Fortunato, Sofia; Adamski, Marchin; Mendivil Ramos, Olivia; Leininger, Sven; Liu, Jing; Ferrier, David E. K.; Adamska, Maja


Sponges are simple animals with few cell types, but their genomes paradoxically contain a wide variety of developmental transcription factors, including homeobox genes belonging to the Antennapedia (ANTP) class, which in bilaterians encompass Hox, ParaHox and NK genes. In the genome of the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica, no Hox or ParaHox genes are present, but NK genes are linked in a tight cluster similar to the NK clusters of bilaterians. It has been proposed that Hox and ParaHox genes...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature13881


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