Early lineage segregation between epiblast and primitive endoderm in mouse blastocysts through the Grb2-MAPK pathway.


It has been thought that early inner cell mass (ICM) is a homogeneous population and that cell position in the ICM leads to the formation of two lineages, epiblast (EPI) and primitive endoderm (PE), by E4.5. Here, however, we show that the ICM at E3.5 is already heterogeneous. The EPI- and PE-specific transcription factors, Nanog and Gata6, were expressed… (More)