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Tissue-Specific Cell Lineages Originate in the Gastrula of the Zebrafish

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Science  24 Jan 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4736, pp. 365-368
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4736.365


In the zebrafish, cells of a clone derived from a single blastomere migrate away from one another during gastrulation. Later in development their descendants are usually found scattered within several different types of tissues of embryo. The divisions and migrations of individual cells were monitored during early development, revealing that in most cases the lineal descendants of single cells present at gastrula stage exclusively populate only single tissues, and may have stereotyped positional relationships within these tissues. Thus the gastrula stage is the first stage when heritable restrictions in cell type might arise in the zebrafish.

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