Pattern Formation: Regional Specification in the Early C. Elegans Embryo

Bioessays. 1996 Jul;18(7):591-4. doi: 10.1002/bies.950180711.


Recent findings suggest that C. elegans, albeit displaying an invariant cell lineage for embryonic development, uses the same basic strategy for embryogenesis as other organisms. The early embryo is regionalised by cell-cell interactions.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastomeres / metabolism
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / embryology*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Clone Cells / metabolism
  • Developmental Biology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / genetics*