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Presumptive primordial germ cells (pPGCs) were examined during migration from their deep endodermal position to the endodermal crest in Xenopus laevis, using light and electron microscopy with Epon sections, and several morphological characteristics of pPGCs, associated with their migration, were revealed. pPGCs displayed polymorphism, with smooth contours.(More)
The process of primordial germ cell formation in the normal course of development of Xenopus laevis was examined with a light microscope on paraffin and Epon sections of embryos or tadpoles, extending over the period from the gastrula to the feeding tadpole stage. Positional changes of gonocytes with development were nearly the same as those reported on the(More)
Relaxin-like factor (RLF), also known as insulin-like factor 3 (INSL3), is produced by testicular Leydig cells, but its specific receptor LGR8 (leucine-rich repeat family of G-protein-coupled receptor 8) has not been identified in goats. This study aimed to identify complementary DNA (cDNA) sequences of goat LGR8, and characterize the expression of both RLF(More)
Tadpoles of Xenopus laevis completely lacking primordial germ cells were obtained by irradiating the vegetal hemisphere of early 2-cell eggs with u.v. (wavelength, 253-7 nm; dose, ca. 6000 ergs/mm). An increasing number of primordial germ cells were observed as the stage at irradiation advanced from early 2-cell to early 4-cell stages. Furthermore, early(More)
Light and electron microscopy were used to examine the cause of the small number of primordial germ cells (PGCs) that were unexpectedly found in periodic albino (a(p)/a(p)) tadpoles of Xenopus laevis. The observations revealed that the volumes of germ plasm were not significantly different between a(p)/a(p) and wild-type eggs and that the germ plasm of(More)
The coat of a goat, like that of many mammalian species, consists of an outer coat of coarse hairs and an under coat of fine, downy hairs. The coarse guard hairs are produced by primary follicles and the finer cashmere hairs by secondary follicles. We previously reported that hair keratins are components of cashmere hair, and proteomic analysis revealed(More)
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