The Sea Urchin Embryo

Biochemistry and Morphogenesis

  • G. Czihak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. S. Hörstadius
    Pages 1-9
  3. J. Piatigorsky
    Pages 42-98
  4. M. Ishikawa
    Pages 99-147
  5. M. Ishikawa
    Pages 148-169
  6. M. von Ledebur-Villiger
    Pages 170-176
  7. K. Okazaki
    Pages 177-232
  8. L. Schmekel
    Pages 267-307
  9. B. Brandriff, R. Hinegardner
    Pages 333-344
  10. S. Hörstadius
    Pages 364-406
  11. G. Millonig
    Pages 407-423
  12. R. Lallier
    Pages 473-509
  13. T. Yanagisawa
    Pages 510-549
  14. T. Yanagisawa
    Pages 550-607
  15. Y. Isono, N. Isono
    Pages 608-629
  16. M. von Ledebur-Villiger
    Pages 630-645
  17. J. Runnström
    Pages 646-670
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 671-702

About this book


Sea urchin eggs are objects of wonder for the student who sees them for the first time under the microscope. The formation of the fertil­ ization membrane after insemination, the beauty of mitotic cleavage, the elegant swimming of embryos, remain an esthetic pleasure even for the eyes of seasoned investigators. But sea urchin eggs have other, more practical, advantages: they lend themselves to surgical operation without difficulty and they heal perfectly; they can be obtained in very large amounts and represent thus an extremely favorable material for biochemists and molecular embryologists. It is not surprising that, in view of these exceptional advantages, sea urchin eggs have attracted the interest of innumerable biologists since O. HERTWIG discovered the fusion of the pronuclei (amphimixy), in Paracentrotus lividus, almost a century ago. The purpose of the present book is to present, in a complete and orderly fashion, the enormous amount of information which has been gathered, in the course of a hun­ dred years of sea urchin embryology. JOSEPH NEEDHAM, in 1930, was still able to present all that was known, at that time, on the biochemistry of all possible species of developing eggs and embryos in his famous "Chemical Embryology" (Cambridge University Press) . It would no longer be possible for one man to write a modern version of what was a "Bible" for the young embryologists of forty years ago.


RNA biochemistry biology chromosome classification development embryology membrane metabolism morphogenesis morphology oogenesis sex spermatogenesis system

Editors and affiliations

  • G. Czihak
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-65966-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-65964-5
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