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J Exp Zool. 1992 Apr 1;261(4):479-83.

Histochemical identification and behavior of quail primordial germ cells injected into chick embryos by the intravascular route.

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Department of Anatomy, Kumamoto University Medical School, Japan.


The behavior of quail primordial germ cells (PGC) after injection into chick embryos by the intravascular route was examined. The quail (donor) PGC, taken from the bloodstream of quail embryos (recipient) at stage 13-14, were injected into the vitelline vessels of chick embryos (recipient) at stage 15. In the recipient embryos, the PGC of the quail and the chick were histochemically distinguished by a double-staining technique involving a lectin, from Wistaria floribunda (WFA) and the PAS reaction. One day after injection, quail PGC appeared in the prospective gonadal region of recipient chick embryos, being localized among the recipient chick PGC. This result indicates that a staining technique specific for WFA lectin is useful for identification of quail PGC and that quail PGC can be transferred by a vascular route for the production of germline chimeras.

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