Somatic sex determination.

  title={Somatic sex determination.},
  author={David A. Zarkower},
  journal={WormBook : the online review of C. elegans biology},
C. elegans occurs in two natural sexes, the XX hermaphrodite and the XO male, which differ extensively in anatomy, physiology, and behavior. All somatic differences between the sexes result from the differential activity of a "global" sex determination regulatory pathway. This pathway also controls X chromosome dosage compensation, which is coordinated with sex determination by the action of the three SDC proteins. The SDC proteins control somatic and germline sex by transcriptional repression… CONTINUE READING