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No junctional communication between epithelial cells in hydra

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S W de Laat, L G Tertoolen, C J Grimmelikhuijzen

Diffusion gradients of morphogens have been inferred as a basis for the control of morphogenesis in hydra, and morphogenetic substances have been found which, on the basis of their molecular weight (MW), should be able to pass gap junctions. There have been several reports of the presence of gap junctions between epithelial cells of hydra. However, until now, there has been no report published on whether these junctions enable the epithelial cells to exchange molecules of small molecular weight, as has been described in other organisms. Therefore we decided to investigate the communicative properties of the junctional membranes by electrophysiological methods and by intracellular-dye iontophoresis. We report here that no electrotonic coupling is detectable between epithelial cells of Hydra attenuata in: (1) intact animals, (2) head-regenerating animals, (3) cell re-aggregates, and (4) hydra that have become nervefree. Furthermore we show that epithelial cells are unable to exchange low-molecular weight fluorescent dyes.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNature
Vol/bind288
Tidsskriftsnummer5792
Sider (fra-til)711-3
Antal sider3
ISSN0028-0836
StatusUdgivet - 25 dec. 1980

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