Primordial germ cells in the mouse embryo migrate from their site of origin to the gonad where they differentiate, giving rise eventually to the gametes of the mature adult animal. The migratory phase is transient and therefore permits analysis of factors regulating the motile activity of cells in tissues. Germ cells can be isolated during migration and cultured on feeder cells of an established cell line (STO). In this system the molecular interactions mediating germ cell adhesion can be probed using antibodies to both germ cell surface determinants and to extracellular matrix components.

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