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Differentiation March 1, 1990; 43 (1): 1-9.

XK endo B is preferentially expressed in several induced embryonic tissues during the development of Xenopus laevis.

LaFlamme SE , Dawid IB .

XK endo B is a type I keratin that was originally identified by its preferential expression in the embryonic notochord of the amphibian Xenopus laevis. A peptide identical to a short region of its predicted amino acid sequence was used to generate antibodies against the XK endo B protein. This paper reports an immunocytochemical study of the spatial expression pattern of XK endo B during development. The protein was observed in the notochord and endoderm as predicted from previous RNA analysis. In addition, XK endo B was detected in the cement gland, in the pituitary, olfactory and pharyngeal pouch rudiments, and in a nonuniform distribution in the neural tube as well as the inner sensorial layer of the ectoderm. XK endo B expression is not limited to any germ layer or any particular cell type, but is nevertheless highly restricted in its distribution in the embryo. Its expression in several different embryonic tissues requiring inductive interactions for differentiation makes XK endo B a valuable tool with which to study the regulation of induced gene expression during embryogenesis.

PubMed ID: 1694800
Article link: Differentiation

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: krt12.4 krt18.1
Antibodies: Krt18 Ab1

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