Nuclear beta-catenin and the development of bilateral symmetry in normal and LiCl-exposed chick embryos.

Studies in Xenopus laevis and zebrafish suggest a key role for beta-catenin in the specification of the axis of bilateral symmetry. In these organisms, nuclear beta-catenin demarcates the dorsalizing centers. We have asked whether beta-catenin plays a comparable role in the chick embryo and how it is adapted to the particular developmental constraints of… (More)