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Expression screening for Lhx3 downstream genes identifies Thg-1pit as a novel mouse gene involved in pituitary development.


PMID 11707329

Abstract

Thg-1pit, a novel mouse gene, was detected in a screen for genes that are differentially expressed in the developing pituitary of wild-type and Lhx3 null mutant embryos. The predicted translation product of the Thg-1pit gene contains a C-terminal TSC-box adjacent to a leucine zipper motif. These features are characteristic for the TSC-22/DIP/bun family of proteins. The onset of prominent Thg-1pit expression coincides with Lhx3 activation at early stages of pituitary development. Expression is further enhanced as cells begin to differentiate within the developing pituitary gland. No expression is observed in the pituitary rudiment of mutants that lack Lhx3 function. A possible role is thus suggested for Lhx3 activities in the regulation of Thg-1pit function during early steps of pituitary organogenesis.