Microgravity Science and Technology

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 419–425 | Cite as

Space Research Program on Planarian Schmidtea Mediterranea’s Establishment of the Anterior-Posterior Axis in Altered Gravity Conditions

  • G. Auletta
  • T. Adell
  • I. Colagè
  • P. D’Ambrosio
  • E. Salò
Original Article


Planarians of the species Schmidtea mediterranea are a well-established model for regeneration studies. In this paper, we first recall the morphological characters and the molecular mechanisms involved in the regeneration process, especially focussing on the Wnt pathway and the establishment of the antero-posterior axial polarity. Then, after an assessment of a space-experiment (run in 2006 on the Russian Segment of the International Space Station) on planarians of the species Girardia tigrina, we present our experimental program to ascertain the effects that altered-gravity conditions may have on regeneration processes in S. mediterrnea at the molecular and genetic level.


Schmidtea mediterranea Regeneration Totipotent stem cells Wnt pathway Simulated micro- and hyper-gravity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Auletta
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. Adell
    • 3
  • I. Colagè
    • 1
  • P. D’Ambrosio
    • 1
  • E. Salò
    • 3
  1. 1.Pontifical Gregorian UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of CassinoCassinoItaly
  3. 3.Department of GeneticsUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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