Seo, H.C., Drivenes, O., Ellingsen, S., and Fjose, A. (1998) Transient expression of a novel Six3-related zebrafish gene during gastrulation and eye formation. Gene. 216:39-46.
Both the Drosophila homeobox gene sine oculis and its murine homologue Six3 have regulatory functions in eye development. In zebrafish, in addition to two previously reported homologues of murine Six3, we have identified a related gene (six7). Although the deduced Six7 protein shares less than 68% sequence identity with the other known zebrafish Six3-like proteins, the embryonic expression patterns have highly conserved features. The six7 transcripts are first detected in involuting axial mesendoderm and, subsequently, in the overlying neurectoderm from which the forebrain and optic primordia develop. Similar to the two other zebrafish Six3 homologues, the expression boundaries of six7 correspond quite closely with the edges of the optic vesicles. Hence, the partially overlapping expression domains of these three six genes probably contribute to anteroposterior specification and in defining the eye primordia.