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FGF signaling

Monday 7 January 2008


- craniofacial development

Fibroblast growth factor signalling, previously known for its involvement in craniofacial development, is now implicated in the genetic basis of both syndromic and non-syndromic CL/P.

At the same time, an important role in lip and palate development is beginning to emerge for small ubiquitin-like modifier modification, a widely used posttranslational regulatory mechanism. B

oth of these pathways might interact with environmental risk factors for CL/P. Here we review their contribution to normal and abnormal orofacial development.


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