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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1998 Aug;8(4):472-80.

The maternal-to-zygotic transition in embryonic patterning of Caenorhabditis elegans.

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Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California-Santa Barbara 93106, USA. newman@lifesci.lscf.ucsb.edu

Abstract

Maternal factors laid down in the oocyte regulate blastomere identities in the early Caenorhabditis elegans embryo by activating zygotic patterning genes and restricting their expression to the appropriate lineages. A number of early-acting zygotic genes that specify various cell fates have been identified recently and their temporal and spatial regulation by maternal factors has begun to be elucidated.

PMID:
9729725
DOI:
10.1016/s0959-437x(98)80120-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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