We isolated a partial cDNA encoding a novel chicken homologue of human Deltex (DTX1), a member of the Notch signaling pathway. The cDtx2 sequence showed higher homology to KIAA0937 protein (92% identical) than to DTX1 (68% identical). cDtx2 is expressed widely in the epiblast at stage 4. Later in development it is expressed in many neural and sensory structures, such as neural tube, migrating neural crest cells, epidermal placodes, cranial ganglia, and the optic and otic vesicles. © 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.