Embryonic Trogocytosis: Neighborly Nibbling during Development

Curr Biol. 2017 Jan 23;27(2):R68-R70. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.11.043.


New work in Caenorhabditis elegans shows that during embryogenesis endodermal cells interact with and regulate primordial germ cells by actively excising and digesting germ cell lobes. Endodermal cells utilize proteins linked to endocytosis to perform this unique 'cannibalistic' process.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins*
  • Cytophagocytosis
  • Embryonic Development
  • Endoderm
  • Germ Cells


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins