Lisa Nagy: This image shows an 8-cell stage of the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta embryo that was
treated with a chemical antagonist of the NMDA receptor. This treatment disrupts the
correct spindle orientation and pPKC localization, suggesting that NMDA receptor signaling
is required for cell polarization during the early asymmetric cleavages of the mud snail.
Nuclei (blue) are stained with DAPI, microtubules (green) and
phosphorylated protein kinase C (pPKC) (red) are stained with their specific
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