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Dev Dyn December 1, 2002; 225 (4): 592-6.

Expression of Brachyury during development of the dendrobatid frog Colostethus machalilla.

Benítez MS , Del Pino EM .

The expression of Brachyury (Bra) during development of Colostethus machalilla was analyzed with a polyclonal antibody. The observed molecular mass of Bra was of 48 kDa, as in Xenopus laevis. During cleavage, low levels of Bra were expressed. In contrast, in the blastula Bra became up-regulated, and Bra protein was present in a wide ring of surface cells. The surface expression of Bra disappeared in the gastrula, and a new ring of Bra-positive nuclei was detected in deep cells around the closing blastopore. The C. machalilla external and internal rings of Bra-positive nuclei apparently mark the prospective mesoderm in the blastula and gastrula, respectively. The two Bra expression rings were dissociated in time in the fairly slow developing embryos of this frog. Brachyury expression in the notochord became visible only after the blastopore closed, in contrast with X. laevis. In addition, Bra expression in the notochord indicated that dorsal convergence and extension occurred after blastopore closure. The C. machalilla Bra-positive notochord was originally exposed on the gastrocoel roof, in agreement with a superficial component of the prospective mesoderm.

PubMed ID: 12454936
Article link: Dev Dyn

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: tbx2 tbxt
Antibodies: Tbxt Ab1

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