Figure 6. Progressive cell fusion in the growing mouse lens.

Figure 6

Progressive cell fusion in the growing mouse lens. A syncytial central region expands during postnatal development. Fluorescence within living lenses from one-day-old (A), one-month-old (B) and six-month-old (C) mice expressing a variegated GFP transgene was imaged in the equatorial plane by confocal microscopy. Although the uniformly labeled lens core expands with age, the thickness of the variegated layer at the periphery (arrows) thins slightly over this period. Bar, 250 μm. Figure and legend are reprinted from Shestopalov and Bassnett70 with permission of the Company of Biologists Ltd.

From: Cell-Cell Fusion: Transient Channels Leading to Plasma Membrane Merger

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