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Muscle differentiation in a colonial ascidian: organisation, gene expression and evolutionary considerations.

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BACKGROUND: Ascidians are tunicates, the taxon recently proposed as sister group to the vertebrates. They possess a chordate-like swimming larva, which metamorphoses into a sessile adult. Several ascidian species form colonies of clonal individuals by asexual reproduction. During their life cycle, ascidians present three muscle types: striated in larval tail, striated in the heart, and unstriated in the adult body-wall. RESULTS: In the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri, we investigated ...

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10.1186/1471-213x-9-48

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Degasperi, V More by this author
Gasparini, F More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Sinigaglia, C More by this author
Burighel, P More by this author
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Journal:
BMC developmental biology
Volume:
9
Issue:
1
Pages:
48
Publication date:
2009
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EISSN:
1471-213X
ISSN:
1471-213X
URN:
uuid:ed7526a2-0559-453d-830a-108da0726b96
Source identifiers:
209570
Local pid:
pubs:209570

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