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The gene lin-3 encodes an inductive signal for vulval development in C. elegans

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The lin-3 gene is necessary for induction of the Caenorhabditis elegans vulva by the anchor cell. It encodes a molecule similar to epidermal growth factor and to transforming growth factor-a and acts through the epidermal growth factor receptor homologue let-23. Expression of lin-3 in the anchor cell stimulates vulval induction; lin-3 may encode the vulval inducing signal.

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