Organization of the Early Vertebrate Embryo

  • Nikolas Zagris
  • Anne Marie Duprat
  • Antony Durston

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 279)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Anne McLaren
    Pages 1-9
  3. Bożenna Olszańska, Urszula Stępińska
    Pages 23-35
  4. Daniel S. Kessler
    Pages 61-78
  5. Eckhard Kaufmann, Dorothée Müller, Petra Dege, Heiko Rauer, Heike Rohm, Walter Knöchel
    Pages 79-92
  6. Lucien C. A. Vakaet, Hilde Bortier
    Pages 123-129
  7. Hilde Bortier, Lucien C. A. Vakaet
    Pages 131-137
  8. Albert E. Chung
    Pages 149-167
  9. Nikolas Zagris, Vassilis Stavridis
    Pages 169-182
  10. Florence Broders, Jean Paul Thiery
    Pages 183-208
  11. Catherine Leclerc, Marc Moreau, Lydie Gualandris-Parisot, Géraldine Dréan, Solange Canaux, Anne-Marie Duprat
    Pages 209-226
  12. Philippe Cochard, Cathy Soula, Marie-Claude Giess, Françoise Trousse, Françoise Foulquier, Anne-Marie Duprat
    Pages 227-240
  13. A. J. Durston, J. van der Wees, W. W. M. Pijnappel, J. G. Schilthuis, S. F. Godsave
    Pages 249-261
  14. Georges Chalepakis, Peter Gruss
    Pages 263-273
  15. Edoardo Boncinelli, Massimo Gulisano, Maria Pannese, Maria Grazia Giribaldi
    Pages 275-286
  16. Thomas A. Drysdale, Kristin D. Patterson, Wendy V. Gerber, Paul A. Krieg
    Pages 299-313
  17. József Zákány, Marianne Lemaistre, Denis Duboule
    Pages 315-321
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 333-336

About this book


This book is the product of a NATO Advanced Study Institute of the same name, held at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School on the island of Spetsai, Greece, in September 1994. The institute considered the molecular mechanisms which generate the body plan during vertebrate embryogenesis. The main topics discussed included: commitment and imprinting during germ cell differentiation; hierarchies of inductive cell interactions; the molecular functioning of Spemann's organizer and formation of embryonic axes; the extracellular matrix and the cytoskeleton in relation to morphogenesis and cell migration; neurogenesis and patterning of the neuraxis; the regulation of pattern formation by Hox genes and other transcription factors. This ASI was marked by a number of special features. An important one was that it brought together three different generations of embryologists: pioneers in classical embryology; scientists who are now leading the present molecular elucidation of vertebrate embryogenesis; and the promising younger ASI participants, some of whom are already making important contributions to this field. This aspect was very important in determining the character of the meeting. It exposed ambiguities in the classical embryological dogma and thus facilitated a subtle application of the recent molecular findings to classical problems. The second shining feature of this ASI was its evolutionary emphasis. The findings presented were obtained in four different vertebrate systems: mammals (the mouse), avians (the chicken), amphibians (Xenopus) and the teleost fishes (zebrafish).


Embryo Gastrulation Imprinting Mesoderm Termination Vertebrate Xenopus laevis gene expression genes molecular biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolas Zagris
    • 1
  • Anne Marie Duprat
    • 2
  • Antony Durston
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PatrasPatrasGreece
  2. 2.CNRS/Paul Sabatier UniversityToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Hubrecht LaboratoryUtrechtThe Netherlands

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