Marine Organisms as Model Systems in Biology and Medicine

  • Malgorzata Kloc
  • Jacek Z. Kubiak

Part of the Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation book series (RESULTS, volume 65)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Gametes, Maturation, Fertilization and Modes of Reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna Török, Sebastian G. Gornik
      Pages 15-32
    3. Jong Tai Chun, Filip Vasilev, Nunzia Limatola, Luigia Santella
      Pages 33-47
    4. Emily Wiseman, Lauren Bates, Altair Dubé, David J. Carroll
      Pages 49-67
    5. Harold Moundoyi, Josselin Demouy, Sophie Le Panse, Julia Morales, Benoît Sarels, Patrick Cormier
      Pages 69-89
    6. Tomer Ventura
      Pages 91-101
  3. Embryonic and Post-embryonic Development, and the Evolution of the Body Plan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Cheryl Lewis Ames
      Pages 105-136
    3. Andreas Heyland, Nicholas Schuh, Jonathan Rast
      Pages 137-161
    4. Michael Veeman
      Pages 163-184
    5. Cristian A. Velandia-Huerto, Federico D. Brown, Adriaan Gittenberger, Peter F. Stadler, Clara I. Bermúdez-Santana
      Pages 197-225
  4. Differentiation, Regeneration and Stemness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. José E. García-Arrarás, María I. Lázaro-Peña, Carlos A. Díaz-Balzac
      Pages 255-283
    3. Yousra Ben Khadra, Michela Sugni, Cinzia Ferrario, Francesco Bonasoro, Paola Oliveri, Pedro Martinez et al.
      Pages 285-320
    4. Simon Blanchoud, Buki Rinkevich, Megan J. Wilson
      Pages 337-355
  5. Biomolecules, Secretion, Symbionts and Feeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Pietro Amodeo, Enrico D’Aniello, Fanny Defranoux, Angela Marino, Livia D’Angelo, Michael T. Ghiselin et al.
      Pages 423-438
    3. I. D. Grice, G. L. Mariottini
      Pages 439-475
  6. Bioinformatics, Bioengineering and Information Processing

About this book


This book highlights the potential advantages of using marine invertebrates like tunicates, echinoderms, sponges and cephalopods as models in both biological and medical research. Bioactive compounds found in marine organisms possess antibacterial, antifungal, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can affect the immune and nervous systems. Despite substantial research on the medicinal attributes of various marine invertebrates, they are still very much underrepresented in scientific literature: the majority of cell, developmental and evolutionary scientific journals only publish research conducted on a few well-known model systems like Drosophila melanogaster or Xenopus laevis. 

Addressing that gap, this book introduces readers to new model organisms like starfish or nemertera. By showing their benefits with regard to regeneration, stem cell research and Evo-Devo, the authors provide a cross-sectional view encompassing various disciplines of biological research. As such, this book will not only appeal to scientists currently working on marine organisms, but will also inspire future generations to pursue research of their own.


Marine invertebrates Marine organisms Model systems Regeneration Echinoderms Tunicates

Editors and affiliations

  • Malgorzata Kloc
    • 1
  • Jacek Z. Kubiak
    • 2
  1. 1.Houston Methodist Research InstituteHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Genetics and Development of RennesUniversité de RennesRennesFrance

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