Universität Rostock, 2018
Abstract: Tribolium develops everted limb buds during embryogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms directing this process are only poorly understood. Here I show that the newly discovered genes flipflop1 and flipflop2 are involved in regulating the direction of budding. RNA interference-knockdown of the flipflop genes causes embryonic limb buds to grow inwards rather than evert, leading to the development of fully differentiated appendages inside the larval body. The identification of additional candidate genes places the flipflop genes within Rho-dependent signalling pathways.
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