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Okajimas Folia Anat Jpn. 1998 Oct;75(4):185-95.

Expressions of a 68kDa-glycoprotein (GP68) and laminin in the mesodermal tissue of the developing mouse embryo.

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Mie Prefectual College of Nursing, Tsu, Japan.


Immunohistochemistry revealed initial expression of the stage-specific glycoprotein, GP68, in various mesenchymal tissue substructures of mouse embryos. During the 11-15th days of gestation, GP68 was localized in the primitive meninges, chondroblasts and perichondrium of pre-cartilaginous vertebral bodies and ribs, connective tissue cells of the dermis, the epicardium and endocardium of the heart, the epimysium and perimysium of skeleton musclature, and the basement membranes of splanchnic organs. Double staining for laminin expression indicated coincidental expression in identical tissue substructures. However, laminin was expressed in days 10-18 embryos and the neonate. Therefore, GP68 is coincidentally expressed with laminin in mesenchymal tissues between the 11th and 15th day of gestation, and may play a role as a laminin-associated protein. In the light of these results, a hypothesis concerning the relationship between these two proteins and the mechanisms of non-integrin laminin-associated proteins during normal embryogenesis is discussed further.

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