Expression patterns of musashi homologs of the ascidians, Halocynthia roretzi and Ciona intestinalis

Takeshi Kawashima, Akikazu R. Murakami, Michio Ogasawara, Kimio J. Tanaka, Ryuji Isoda, Yasunori Sasakura, Takahito Nishikata, Hideyuki Okano, Kazuhiro W. Makabe

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The gene family encoding RNA-binding proteins includes important regulators involved in the neurogenesis in both protostomes and deuterostomes. We isolated cDNAs of the ascidian homolog of one of the RNA-binding proteins, MUSASHI, from Halocynthia roretzi and Ciona intestinalis. The predicted amino acid sequences contained two RNA-recognition and RNA-binding motifs in the N-terminus and an ascidian-specific YG-rich domain in the C-terminus. Maternal transcripts of musashi were ubiquitous in early cleavage-stage embryos. Ascidian musashi had three domains of zygotic expression: the brain, nerve cord, and mesenchyma. The temporal order of the onset in these domains was highly divergent between the two species of ascidian examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopment Genes and Evolution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Ascidian
  • Musashi
  • RNA-binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology


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