Mosaic animals can be made by aggregating embryonic tissues of distinguishable strains or they will occur spontaneously in eutherian mammals as a result of X-chromosome inactivation. Tissues of mosaic animals comprise aggregates of cells of similar lineage called 'patches'. The patch size of isolated epidermis from chimeras and X-chromosome-linked mosaics was compared in a quantitative fashion. Patch size was determined in the isolated epidermis of skin from aggregation chimeras between BALB c and C3H He strains of mice variant at the Gpi-1 locus and from the skin of X-chromosome-linked mosaic female BALB c × C3H He a mice heterozygous at the Pgk-1 locus. Patch size in this isolated tissue was not significantly different in these two types of mosaic animals. The results suggest that mechanisms in patch formation are primarily mechanical, dependent on cell division patterns.
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