The Formation of Mesoderm and Muscle in Xenopus

  • J. B. Gurdon
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 279)


The mesoderm is important in vertebrate development because it contributes cells to nearly all organs of the complete animal and because it emits signals which influence the differentiation of many other cells and tissues during development. The formation, function, and activities of the mesoderm have been more fully investigated in Xenopus than in any other organism. The conclusions which come from its study are therefore likely to be a guide to the understanding of equivalent tissues and activities in the other vertebrates.


Community Effect Xenopus Embryo Notochord Cell Morphogen Gradient Developmental Fate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. Gurdon
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  1. 1.Wellcome CRC InstituteCambridgeEngland

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