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J Embryol Exp Morphol. 1979 Dec;54:241-61.

The effect of prolonged decompaction on the development of the preimplantation mouse embryo.


A rabbit antiserum to a mouse embryonal carcinoma cell line blocks compaction of cleaving mouse embryos. Cell division is not affected up to the 32-cell stage but intracellular junctions fail to develop. Removal of the antibody at this stage permits compaction to occur and a normal blastocyst develops. Prolonged decompaction beyond the 32-cell embryo results in an increasing proportion of malformed blastocysts in which trophectodermal cells predominate and functional inner cell mass (ICM) cells are reduced or absent. The relationship of compaction to the generation of ICM and trophectoderm lineages in the intact embryo is discussed.

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