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Cold Spring Harb Protoc January 1, 2018; 2018 (10):

Methods for Investigating the Larval Period and Metamorphosis in Xenopus.

Anuran metamorphosis resembles postembryonic development in mammals, a period around birth when many organs/tissues mature into their adult form as circulating thyroid and stress hormone levels are high. Unlike uterus-enclosed mammalian embryos, tadpoles develop externally and undergo the dramatic changes of hormone-dependent development totally independent of maternal influence, making them a valuable model in which to study vertebrate postembryonic organ development and maturation. Various protocols have been developed and/or adapted for studying metamorphosis in Xenopus laevis and X. tropicalis, two highly related and well-studied frog species. Here, we introduce some of the methods for contemporary cell and molecular studies of gene function and regulation during metamorphosis.

PubMed ID: 29769395
PMC ID: PMC6296376
Article link: Cold Spring Harb Protoc
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