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Abbreviation for placental lactogen; pyridoxal.


[filarē·ə] pl. filariae
Etymology: L, filum, thread
a genus of slender nematodes of the superfamily Filarioidea. There are many species, some of which are parasitic in animals.


A gene on chromosome 7p15.2 that encodes a sequence-specific transcription factor of a developmental regulatory system, which provides cells with specific positional identities on the anterior-posterior axis and appears to be involved in gene expression, morphogenesis and differentiation. The HOXA10 protein product may play a role in fertility, embryo viability and in regulating the commitment of hematopoietic cell lineage.