hedgehog proteins

hedgehog proteins

a family of secreted signaling proteins that are involved in the embryogenesis; mutations in these proteins are implicated in some birth defects and cancers.
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A signaling protein crucial for healthy embryo development; mutation of the genes that code for hedgehog proteins in humans can lead to rare but severe birth defects or, more frequently, skin cancer.
Treating blind fish embryos with a drug that inhibits both the hedgehog proteins partially restored eye development.