Cell proliferation dynamics and morphological differentiation during regeneration in Dorvillea bermudensis (Polychaeta, Dorvilleidae)
|Anatomy & Morphology; annelida; BLASTEMA; BrdU; cLSM; NEOBLASTS; NERVOUS-SYSTEM; nuchal organs; PLANARIAN REGENERATION; PLATYHELMINTHES; proliferation; regeneration; STEM-CELLS
|JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY
Although some species of Annelida have an enormous capacity to regenerate, it is not yet known whether reestablishment of lost body parts is performed by stem cells, depends on preceding dedifferentiation of somatic cells, or is a combination of both. In order to clarify how, in the case of epimorphic regeneration, the blastemas are formed, we applied the thymidine analog 5'-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) in the dorvilleid polychaete Dorvillea berinudensis to identify cells in the S-phase of the cell cycle. Regeneration pulse-chase experiments were carried out to determine onset and dynamics of the proliferation process, and BrdU pulse-chase experiments were undertaken to follow cell fate. We found irregularly distributed S-phase cells throughout the body of adult specimens. Subsequent to amputation, these cells do not migrate from the amputee towards the wound site, where proliferation activity was documented no earlier than 16 h after fragmentation. In the initial phase, the proliferation rate at the anterior end exceeds the rate at the posterior end. Observance of identity could be demonstrated for the ectoderm and can be assumed for the two other germ layers. The anterior blastema transforms into the head, while the posterior forms the pygidium and persists as a proliferation zone; four or numerous segments are formed by intercalation between the former anterior or posterior blastema and the amputee.
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