Journal article

Differential expression of WNT4 in testicular and ovarian development in a marsupial

Hongshi Yu, Andrew J Pask, Geoffrey Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree

BMC DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY | BMC | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: WNT4 is a key regulator of gonadal differentiation in humans and mice, playing a pivotal role in early embryogenesis. Using a marsupial, the tammar wallaby, in which most gonadal differentiation occurs after birth whilst the young is in the pouch, we show by quantitative PCR during early testicular and ovarian development that WNT4 is differentially expressed in gonads. RESULTS: Before birth, WNT4 mRNA expression was similar in indifferent gonads of both sexes. After birth, in females WNT4 mRNA dramatically increased during ovarian differentiation, reaching a peak by day 9-13 post partum (pp) when the ovarian cortex and medulla are first distinguishable. WNT4 protein was localise..

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