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Stem Cells in Marine Organisms

  • Baruch Rinkevich
  • Valeria Matranga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Uri Frank, Günter Plickert, Werner A. Müller
    Pages 33-59
  3. Yuval Rinkevich, Valeria Matranga, Baruch Rinkevich
    Pages 61-103
  4. Helen Nilsson Sköld, Matthias Obst, Mattias Sköld, Bertil Åkesson
    Pages 105-137
  5. George B. Stefano, Michel Salzet, Enzo Ottaviani
    Pages 139-164
  6. M. Daniela Candia-Carnevali, Michael C. Thorndyke, Valeria Matranga
    Pages 165-186
  7. Anne-Marie Genevière, Antoine Aze, Yasmine Even, Maria Imschenetzky, Clara Nervi, Luigi Vitelli
    Pages 215-244
  8. Amanda L. Rychel, Billie J. Swalla
    Pages 245-265
  9. Ayelet Voskoboynik, Baruch Rinkevich, Irving L. Weissman
    Pages 281-308
  10. Werner E.G. Müller, Márcio Reis Custódio, Matthias Wiens, Carla Zilberberg, Amélie Châtel, Isabel M. Müller et al.
    Pages 309-336
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 369-371

About this book


Do real stem cells and stem cell lineages exist in lower organisms? Can stem cells from one organism parasitize the soma and/or the germ line of conspecifics? Can differentiated cells in marine organisms be re-programmed to regenerate tissues, organs and appendages through novel de-differentiation, transdifferentiation, or re-differentiation processes, leading to virtually all three germ layers, including the germline? The positive answers to above questions open a new avenue in stem cell research: the biology of stem cells in marine organisms. It is therefore unfortunate that while the literature on stem cell from terrestrial organisms is rich and expanding at an exponential rate, investigations on marine organisms’ stem cells are very limited and scarce. By presenting theoretical chapters, overview essays and specific research results, this book summarises the knowledge and the hypotheses on stem cells in marine organisms through major phyla and specific model organisms. The study on stem cells from marine invertebrates may shed lights on mechanisms promoting immunity, developmental biology, regeneration and budding processes in marine invertebrates, body maintenance, aging and senescence. It aims in encouraging a larger scientific community to follow and study the novel phenomena of stem cells behaviours as depicted from the few currently studied marine invertebrates.


Immunity Invertebrate Marine Biology Regeneration Regenerative Biology Stem Cells Vertebrate invertebrates marine invertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Baruch Rinkevich
    • 1
  • Valeria Matranga
    • 2
  1. 1.Limnological ResearchIsrael Oceanographic & HaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Istituto di Biomedicina e ImmunologiaCNR PalermoPalermoItaly

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The comprehensive analytical reviews on stem cells of various metazoans, including some theoretical generalizations and constructs, which are presented in this book, clarify the general picture of the contemporary state of this field of research. The book consists of 14 chapters, including theoretical reviews and specialized reviews and studies. … The materials presented in it will be interesting and useful not only for stem cell experts but also for many developmental biologists, comparative cytologists, and zoologists.”­­­ (V. V. Isaeva, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, Vol. 41 (4), 2010)