The genomic structure, chromosome location, and analysis of the human DKK1 head inducer gene as a candidate for holoprosencephaly. uri icon


  • Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is the most common developmental defect of the brain and face in humans. Here we report the analysis of the human ortholog of dkk-1 as a candidate gene for HPE. We determined the genomic structure of the human gene DKK1 and mapped it to chromosome 10q11.2. Functional analysis of four missense mutations identified in HPE patients revealed preserved activity in head induction assays in frogs suggesting a limited role for this gene in HPE pathogenesis.

publication date

  • 2000