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growth differentiation factor 7
Symbol GDF7
Alt. symbols BMP12, BMP-12
Entrez 151449
HUGO 4222
OMIM 604651
RefSeq NM_182828
UniProt Q7Z4P5
Other data
Locus Chr. 2 p24-2p23

Growth differentiation factor 7 (GDF7) is a protein belonging to the transforming growth factor beta superfamily that is specifically found in a signaling center known as the roof plate that is located in the developing nervous system of embryos. The roof plate is required for the generation of several classes of spinal cord dorsal interneurons; GDF7 specifically induces the formation of sensory neurons in the dorsal spinal cord from neural crest cells by generating signals within the roof plate.[1][2]


  1. ^ Lo L, Dormand E, Anderson D (2005). "Late-emigrating neural crest cells in the roof plate are restricted to a sensory fate by GDF7". Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102 (20): 7192–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.0502581102. PMID 15883363.  
  2. ^ Lee K, Mendelsohn M, Jessell T (1998). "Neuronal patterning by BMPs: a requirement for GDF7 in the generation of a discrete class of commissural interneurons in the mouse spinal cord". Genes Dev 12 (21): 3394–407. doi:10.1101/gad.12.21.3394. PMID 9808626.  


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