Cultured chicken embryo lens cells resemble differentiating fiber cells in vivo and contain two kinetic pools of connexin56.

@article{Berthoud1999CulturedCE,
  title={Cultured chicken embryo lens cells resemble differentiating fiber cells in vivo and contain two kinetic pools of connexin56.},
  author={Viviana M. Berthoud and Steven Bassnett and Eric C Beyer},
  journal={Experimental eye research},
  year={1999},
  volume={68 4},
  pages={475-84}
}
The lens is an avascular organ in which gap junctions play a pivotal role for cell physiology and transparency. Here we evaluate a lens culture system as a model for studies of lens gap junction dynamics. In culture, chicken embryo lens cells initially form a monolayer of epithelial cells. Subsequently, the epithelial cells differentiate into lentoids, birefringent multicellular structures composed of fiber-like cells. We examined the cultures for the expression of cellular markers and lens… CONTINUE READING