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