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Scand J Immunol. 1975;4(2):193-6.

Nude mouse embryo: ectodermal nature of the primordial thymic defect.


Sterile female homozygous nude mice were rendered fertile through a graft of thymic epithelium from heterozygous littermates 3 days after birth. Homozygous nude embryos were compared with embryos age (8-18 days). In nude mice, the embryological anomaly is noticeable from the 11th day of gestation and essentially consists of a failure of the ectoderm from the 3rd branchial cleft to proliferate and differentiate into a cervical vesicle. As a result, the endoderm from the 3rd pouch degenerates into cystic formations instead of differentiating.

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