Institute of Experimental Medicine CAS

How embryos differ from somatic cells? In a recently created collection of the Biochemical Society Transactions (Portland Press), Helena Fulkova, PhD and her colleagues describe some of their unique and unexpected features.

How embryos differ from somatic cells?

Although we have gained significant insight into the field of genetics and molecular biology, we still have a lot to learn when it comes to embryogenesis. The nucleus is a key structure of nearly all our cells, but embryos are rather special and re-purposed some nuclear components. One of the key cellular functions is the synthesis of proteins. These are made by ribosomes, which are made in a so-called nucleolus. The differences regarding these processes are described in a recent mini-review article feature in the “Embryonic development” collection published in Biochemical Society Transactions (Portland Press).

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