Relocation of Mitochondria to the Prospective Dorsal Marginal Zone during Xenopus Embryogenesis

H. J. Yost, C. R. Phillips, J. L. Boore, J. Bertman, B. Whalon, M. V. Danilchik

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Dorsal-ventral axis formation in Xenopus laevis begins with a cytoplasmic rotation during the first cell cycle and culminates in a series of cell interactions and movements during gastrulation and neurulation that lead to the formation of dorsal-anterior structures. Evidence reported here indicates that mitochondria are differentially redistributed along the prospective dorsal-ventral axis as a consequence of the cortical-cytoplasmic rotation during the first cell cycle. This finding reinvigorates a possibility that has been considered for many years: asymmetries in cytoplasmic components and metabolic activities contribute to the development of morphological asymmetries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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