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Aude Andouche, Yann Bassaglia, Sébastien Baratte and Laure Bonnaud Reflectin genes and development of iridophore patterns in Sepia officinalis embryos (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) Developmental Dynamics 242

Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.23938

Key Findings:

  • All reflectin genes (six) are expressed during embryonic development in Sepia officinalis.
  • mRNA expression of these reflectins were detected in iridophores beginning late embryogenesis (at stage 25).
  • Reflectin proteins are rapidly produced and reflectin mRNA synthesis is attenuated before hatching.
  • Reflectin genes appear to be coexpressed in areas of future iridescence.

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