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Pattern formation in the basilar papilla: evidence for cell rearrangement.

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posted on 2023-06-07, 23:04 authored by Richard GoodyearRichard Goodyear, Guy Richardson
The avian basilar papilla is composed of hair and supporting cells arranged in a regular pattern in which the hair cells are surrounded and isolated from each other by supporting cell processes. This arrangement of cells, in which the apical borders of hair cells do not contact one another, may be generated by contact-mediated lateral inhibition. Little is known, however, about the way in which hair and supporting cells are organized during development. Whole mounts double-labeled with antibodies to the 275 kDa hair-cell antigen and the tight junction protein cingulin were therefore used to examine the development of cell patterns in the basilar papilla. Hair cells that contact each other at their apical borders are seen during early development, especially on embryonic days (E) 8 and 9, but are no longer observed after E12. Hair and supporting cell patterns were analyzed in three different areas of the papilla at E9 and E12. In two of these regions between E9 and E12, the ratio of supporting cells to hair cells does not change significantly, whereas there is an increase in both the number of supporting cells around each hair cell and the number of hair cells that each supporting cell contacts. In the third region examined, there is a dramatic rise in the number of supporting cells around each hair cell, which although accompanied by a small, significant increase in the ratio of supporting cells to hair cells cannot be accounted for by an increase in supporting cell numbers. These data show that a rearrangement of hair and supporting cells with respect to one another may be a fundamental process underlying the development of a regular pattern in the basilar papilla.


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