The interstitial cells control the sexual phenotype of heterosexual chimeras of hydra.

@article{Littlefield1984TheIC,
  title={The interstitial cells control the sexual phenotype of heterosexual chimeras of hydra.},
  author={C L Littlefield},
  journal={Developmental biology},
  year={1984},
  volume={102 2},
  pages={
          426-32
        }
}
The three stem cell populations in hydra, the epithelial cells of the ectoderm and endoderm, which make up the body of the hydra, and the interstitial cells, which give rise to nerve cells, nematocytes, and gametes, were tested for their effects on determining the sexual phenotype of individuals. This was done by creating epithelial hydra, which are devoid of interstitial cells and their derivatives, of one sexual type and repopulating them with interstitial cells from individuals of the other… CONTINUE READING

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