Primary Motoneurons of the Zebrafish

  • Walter K. Metcalfe
  • Monte Westerfield
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 192)


We are interested in understanding how cell fate is determined in the nervous system. That is, we want to learn how neurons acquire their particular size, shape, and pattern of connections. This lecture reviews our current state of understanding of rules that govern the embryonic development of a specific set of neurons, the primary motoneurons of the spinal cord in zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio). Primary motoneurons are a subset of a larger class of early-developing neurons called primary neurons (Coghill, 1913; Kimmel and Westerfield, 1989).


Growth Cone Zebrafish Embryo Axonal Outgrowth Primary Neuron Receptor Cluster 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter K. Metcalfe
    • 1
  • Monte Westerfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of NeuroscienceUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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