Sequence analysis and comparative genomics are powerful tools to gain knowledge on multiple aspects of gene and protein regulation and function. These have been widely used to understand the evolutionary history and the biochemistry of Hedgehog (Hh) proteins, and the molecular control of Hedgehog gene expression. Here, we report on some of the methods available to retrieve protein and genomic sequences. We describe how protein sequence comparison can produce information on the evolutionary history of Hh proteins. Moreover, we describe the use of genomic sequence analysis including phylogenetic footprinting and transcription factor-binding site search tools, techniques that allow for the characterization of cis-regulatory elements of developmental genes such as the Hedgehog genes.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Methods in molecular biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2007|