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Trends Genet. 1994 Feb;10(2):49-54.

Patterning in the C. elegans embryo.

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Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder 80309.

Abstract

Recent studies reveal preliminary insights into the mechanisms of embryonic patterning in Caenorhabditis elegans. It appears that both embryonic axes and early blastomere fates are determined by a combination of segregating determinants and cell interactions, under the control of maternally expressed genes. Later in embryogenesis, some regional identities are specified by a group of homeotic selector genes homologous to the HOM-C clusters in other animals. Intervening stages of specification, which could link these two classes of genes in a regulatory hierarchy, are beginning to be investigated.

PMID:
8191585
DOI:
10.1016/0168-9525(94)90148-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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