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Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2008 Jan 30;282(1-2):78-86. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2007.11.008. Epub 2007 Nov 21.

Cell cycle regulation during early mouse embryogenesis.

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Unité de Génétique Fonctionnelle de la souris, CNRS URA 2578, Institut Pasteur, 25 rue du Dr Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.


Elaboration of a multicellular organism requires highly efficient coordination between proliferation and developmental processes. Accordingly, the embryonic cell cycle exhibits a high degree of plasticity; however, the mechanisms underlying its regulation in vivo remain largely unknown. The purpose of this review is to summarize the data on cell cycle regulation during the early mouse embryonic development, a period characterized by major variations in cell cycle parameters which correlate with important developmental transitions. In particular, we analyse the contribution of mutant mice to the study of in vivo cell cycle regulation during early development and discuss possible contributions of cell cycle regulators to developmental programs.

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