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We have followed the appearance of differentiation markers in cleavage-inhibited and uninhibited early blastomeres of C. elegans and have compared the cleavage patterns of blastomeres in partial and complete embryos. The results indicate that at least some primary differentiation of embryonic cells is determined by internal factors that segregate in early(More)
Eighty-eight mutants of C. elegans that display a roller phenotype (a helically twisted body) have been isolated and characterized genetically and phenotypically. The mutations are located in 14 different genes. Most genes contain a number of alleles. Their distribution among the chromosomes appears nonrandom, with seven of the genes being located on(More)
Embryos of Caenorhabditis elegans develop into fertile adults after cell fragments, containing presumptive cytoplasm of somatic and germ line precursors, are extruded from uncleaved eggs or early blastomeres through laser-induced holes in the eggshells. This suggests that the determinate development of this worm is not dependent on the prelocalization of(More)
PEPT1 and PEPT2 are members of the family of proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters that mediate electrogenic uphill transport of small peptides and peptidomimetics into a variety of cells. Kinetic properties and substrate recognition sites of those transporters have been well defined previously. Little is known, however, about regulation of those(More)
C. elegans is proving useful for the study of cell determination in early embryos. Breeding experiments with embryonic lethal mutants show that abnormal embryogenesis often results from defective gene function in the maternal parent, suggesting that much of the information for normal embryonic development is laid down during oogenesis. Analysis of a(More)
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