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Am J Otolaryngol. 1984 Nov-Dec;5(6):373-81.

Pattern formation of the otic placode and morphogenesis of the otocyst.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Umeå, Sweden.


The early embryonic development of the inner ear anlage, from the otic placode stage to formation of the otocyst, was documented in CBA/CBA mice by scanning electron microscopy. The otic placode is identified at the eight- to ten-somite stage, as revealed by the surface morphology of the developing ectoderm. The cells in the otic depression are considerably smaller than those of the adjacent ectodermal surface. Rapid invagination of the otic anlage occurs during the ninth gestational day (approximately eight to 20 somites). In most specimens from the tenth gestational day, the otic vesicle has closed toward the ectodermal surface. The surface of the otocyst on the 13th gestational day shows considerable specialization, with regional differences of the surface structure.

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