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An Ex vivo Culture System to Study Thyroid Development

An Ex vivo Culture System to Study Thyroid Development

Article DOI: 10.3791/51641-v 08:33 min June 6th, 2014
June 6th, 2014



This protocol describes dissection of mouse embryonic thyroid anlagen and the culture of explants on semiporous filters or on microscopy plastic slides. This system is ideal to study morphogenetic or differentiation events occurring during thyroid development of wild type or knockout embryos, and is amenable to gain- and loss-of-function experiments.


Keywords: Thyroid Development Ex Vivo Culture Angio-follicular Units Thyrocyte Differentiation C-cells Endothelial Cells Thyroid Morphogenesis Gene Expression Profiling
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