Transdifferentiation of pigmented epithelium induced by the influence of lens epithelium in frogs.

Differentiation; research in biological diversity

PubMedID: 6603382

Lopashov GV. Transdifferentiation of pigmented epithelium induced by the influence of lens epithelium in frogs. Differentiation. 1983;24(1):27-32.
The influence of lens epithelium (LE) of adult frogs on the character of transdifferentiation of retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) of adult frogs and tadpoles of Rana temporaria has been studied. After a period of intense proliferation RPE cultured in vivo in contact with LE in the tadpole orbit almost exclusively transforms into retina. RPE precultivated in vitro in contact with LE for three days in protein-free medium does not manifest cell divisions and mostly transdifferentiates into lentoids. The problem of the relative significance of inducing determinants and the role of activation or inhibition of proliferation in transdifferentiation is discussed.