Expression of a cell surface protein during morphogenesis of the reproductive system in Manduca sexta embryos - Both moths and mammals have an indifferent stage of genital differentiation

James B. Nardi, Emily G. Cattani

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Abstract

New antibody markers have allowed more refined examinations of embryogenesis. Features are being found that were overlooked in whole and sectioned embryos stained with traditional histochemical labels. Two monoclonal antibodies that recognize two different cell surface proteins in Manduca sexta label cells of the developing reproductive system. These specific immunolabels reveal that during a brief period of Manduca embryogenesis, rudiments of both male and female genital ducts are present in a single embryo. This transient phase of genital differentiation parallels the transient indifferent stage known to occur during development of reproductive systems in many vertebrate embryos. At the end of this indifferent stage, one of the two pairs of genital ducts retracts and degenerates. The dynamic expression of the two surface proteins on cells involved in morphogenesis of both the female and male reproductive systems also suggests that these proteins are important in orchestrating the specific cellular interactions that occur between mesodermal cells of the genital ducts and the nearby ventral ectoderm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalRoux's Archives of Developmental Biology
Volume205
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995

Keywords

  • Insect embryogenesis
  • Manduca sexta
  • Morphogenesis
  • Reproductive system
  • Surface protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology

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