Development of the fetal mouse palate in suspension organ culture

Acta Anat (Basel). 1990;137(1):59-64. doi: 10.1159/000146859.


Explanted palates of day 12 and day 13 mouse fetuses were cultured in a chemically defined serumless medium for 48-72 h by a suspension culture technique. The palate of day 12 fetuses closed successfully within 72 h and that of day 13 fetuses within 48 h. Both macroscopically and histologically, the in vitro fusion of palatal shelves simulated the palatogenetic process in vivo. This novel technique for culturing the fetal mouse palate may be of potential use for the study of palatogenesis and in developmental toxicology.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred ICR
  • Organ Culture Techniques / methods
  • Palate / embryology*