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A fine analysis of glucose-phosphate-isomerase patterns in single preimplantation mouse embryos

Mouse embryos were derived from eggs heterozygous for alleles of the dimeric enzyme glucose phosphate isomerase (Gpi-1a/Gpi-1b) that had been fertilized with sperm carrying a third allele (Gpi-1c). This particular combination makes it possible to study the activity of the paternally derived as well as the maternally derived genes, the persistence of oocyte-coded enzyme throughout early development and the possible simultaneous expression of both the paternally derived allele and the maternal message. The different isozymes present in single embryos were separated by electrophoresis. The results show that the oocyte-coded glucose phosphate isomerase is gradually replaced by embryo-coded enzyme. Expression of the paternally derived allele was first detected at the morula stage, during which the translation of the maternally derived message seemed to be either exhausted or below the detection limit of our system. Some oocyte-coded enzyme persisted until after implantation.


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