Journal article

The role of capsulin in the morphogenesis and differentiation of fetal rat gastric mucosa

M Andersson, AS Giraud, M Familari

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY | U B C PRESS | Published : 2001

Abstract

The signals that guide the morphogenesis and differentiation of rat fetal gastric mucosa remain largely unknown. We have investigated the role of capsulin in pit/gland formation and epithelial cell differentiation in cultured stomach tissue. Embryonic day 16.5 (E 16.5) stomach tissue cultured for three days in the presence of 1 microM hydrocortisone underwent dramatic transformation, from undifferentiated, stratified cells to differentiated epithelia composed of polarised columnar cells with mucous cells and pit/glands. In the presence of capsulin antisense oligonucleotides directed against capsulin mRNA, tissues do not undergo further development. Significantly, both mucous granules and pit..

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