Lens formation from the cornea following implantation into hindlimbs of larval Xenopus laevis: the influence of limb innervation and extent of differentiation.

S. Filoni, C. Albanesi, S. Bernardini, S. M. Cannata

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Abstract

Corneal fragments of larval Xenopus laevis at stage 48 (according to Nieuwkoop and Faber, '56), were implanted into sham denervated unamputated hindlimbs, denervated unamputated hindlimbs, amputated and sham denervated hindlimbs, and amputated and denervated hindlimbs of larvae at stages 52 and 57. The results show that unamputated limbs at stage 52, either innervated or denervated, manifest a weak capacity to promote the first lens-forming transformations of the outer cornea. This capacity is absent in both limb types at stage 57. After amputation, limbs of both early and late stages form a regenerative blastema and support lens formation from the outer cornea. Denervation of early stage limbs has no appreciable effect on blastema formation and lens-forming transformation of corneal implants. However, denervation of late stage limbs inhibits both processes. These results indicate that the limb tissues of the early stage limbs contain non-neural inductive factors at a low level and that after limb amputation and blastema formation the level of these factors becomes high enough to promote lens formation from implanted cornea, even after denervation. In contrast, the limb tissues of late stage limbs do not contain a suitable level of non-neural inductive factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-228
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Zoology
Volume260
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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