Journal article

Downregulation of Par3 and aPKC function directs cells towards the ICM in the preimplantation mouse embryo

B Plusa, S Frankenberg, A Chalmers, AK Hadjantonakis, CA Moore, N Papalopulu, VE Papaioannou, DM Glover, M Zernicka-Goetz

JOURNAL OF CELL SCIENCE | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Generation of inside cells that develop into inner cell mass (ICM) and outside cells that develop into trophectoderm is central to the development of the early mouse embryo. Critical to this decision is the development of cell polarity and the associated asymmetric (differentiative) divisions of the 8-cell-stage blastomeres. The underlying molecular mechanisms for these events are not understood. As the Par3/aPKC complex has a role in establishing cellular polarity and division orientation in other systems, we explored its potential function in the developing mouse embryo. We show that both Par3 and aPKC adopt a polarized localization from the 8-cell stage onwards and that manipulating their..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers