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An electron-microscopical analysis of embryonic chick tissues explanted in culture



An electron-microscopical analysis of embryonic chick tissues explanted in culture



Cell and Tissue Research 225(2): 415-426



Three types of tissue (hypoblast, germ wall and epiblast) were dissected from early chick embryos and explanted on Falcon plastic dishes. After they had settled and spread, the explants were fixed, usually within 18-24 h after explantation, and sections were cut through the tissue and the Falcon dish. The closeness of the cells to the substrate varied even within the same explant, but the epiblast tended to be closer to the substrate than did the hypoblast or germ wall. Plaques were present in all three tissues in regions where the cell processes contracted the substrate. Extensive desmosomes were visible in the epiblast explants, small desmosomes were present in the germ wall explants, but desmosomes were never seen in hypoblast explants. These differences in cell/substrate and cell/cell morphology are discussed in relation to the different behavioural characteristics of the three tissues. Some mixed cultures were also examined by electron microscopy. When the epiblast was confronted with either hypoblast or germ wall, it underlapped them at the region of contact.

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Accession: 015017384

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PMID: 7105157

DOI: 10.1007/bf00214692


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