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J Exp Zool November 1, 1987; 244 (2): 231-41.

Whole eyes reconstituted from embryonic half anlagen: alterations in donor-derived territories in Xenopus pigment chimerae.

Conway KM , Hunt RK .

Grafts from pigmented donor embryonic eye rudiments into albino hosts were used to chart i) fates of local cell groups in three positions in whole eye rudiments, and ii) alterations in graft-derived territories when the posterior half of the rudiment was ablated. Small pigmented patches of graft-derived tissue were conspicuous in albino embryos and tadpoles, enabling us to directly monitor their location and size in the eyes of living animals. The three (right eye) positions marked by pigmented grafts were dorsal (12 o''clock), anterior (3 o''clock), and anteroventral (5 o''clock). Control transplants reared without secondary ablation produced black sector territories in pigment retinal epithelium and iris at corresponding 12 o''clock or 2 o''clock or 4 o''clock positions on the larval eyeball. In the experimental series posterior half-anlagen were ablated. The remaining anterior half-anlagen, each containing a pigmented graft, reconstituted spherical larval eyeballs of reduced size. During healing, donor-derived pigmented sector territories remained coherent, but were altered in position and size compared to controls. Dorsal cells (from 12 o''clock grafts) appeared to move rapidly along the newly formed cut edge into the wound and went on to form expanded black sectors in posterior eye regions. More gradually, sector territories of anterior cells (3 o''clock grafts) and anteroventral cells (5 o''clock grafts) shifted toward dorsal in a counterclockwise direction. Thus all three types of graft derived pigment territories were altered in eye anlage fragments as they healed to form half-size spherical eyes.

PubMed ID: 3430121
Article link: J Exp Zool
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