Number of cells in the digestive tract

Range ~100 Cells
Organism Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
Reference Kormish JD, Gaudet J, McGhee JD. Development of the C. elegans digestive tract. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2010 Aug20(4):346-54.PubMed ID20570129
Primary Source Sulston JE, Schierenberg E, White JG, Thomson JN. The embryonic cell lineage of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Dev Biol. 1983 Nov100(1):64-119.PubMed ID6684600
Comments The C. elegans digestive tract consists of distinct anatomical and functional modules (‘organs’), derived from four distinct embryonic cell lineages (Figure 1): anterior and posterior pharynx (57 cells from ABa 38 cells from MS), intestine (20 cells from E), and rectum (11 cells from ABp) (primary source). Note-this adds up to 126 cells, not a hundred: discrepancy unclear.
Entered by Uri M
ID 107083