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Anat Embryol (Berl). 1989;180(6):567-75.

The distribution of cell surface glycoconjugates during mouse secondary neurulation.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


During secondary neurulation in the mouse, the neural tube develops from the tail bud by caudal extension of the primary neurocoele. The mesenchymal cells of the tail bud become radially arranged around the neurocoele and undergo a mesenchymal to epithelial transformation to form a neuroepithelium. In order to study the expression of glycoconjugates during the morphogenesis of the secondary neural tube, 14 lectins were applied to serial sections of tail buds at various stages of development. In general, binding was fairly homogeneous during the early stages of tail bud development. However, as development progressed, several lectins became localized to specific structures. The changes were observed to parallel the ongoing development of the secondary neuraxis. sWGA, which is N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) specific, bound mainly to the luminal surface of the secondary neurocoele and to a lesser extent, the notochord. WGA, which has both GlcNAc and sialic acid specificities, showed most intense binding at the luminal and abluminal surfaces of the secondary neurocoele. Binding by the lectin PNA was restricted to the extracellular matrix around the developing secondary neural tube. A comparison of the lectin binding patterns in mouse with those previously reported in chick, demonstrates a less elaborate pattern of lectin binding in murine embryos. This may suggest a less complex expression of glycoconjugates in rodents, in keeping with their comparatively simpler mechanism of secondary neurulation.

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