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Models for pattern formation in somitogenesis: a marriage of cellular and molecular biology

Schnell, S. and Maini, P. K. and McInerney, D. and Gavaghan, D. J. and Houston, P. (2002) Models for pattern formation in somitogenesis: a marriage of cellular and molecular biology. C.R. Biologies, 325 (3). pp. 179-189.

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Abstract

Somitogenesis, the process by which a bilaterally symmetric pattern of cell aggregations is laid down in a cranio-caudal sequence in early vertebrate development, provides an excellent model study for the coupling of interactions at the molecular and cellular level. Here, we review some of the key experimental results and theoretical models related to this process. We extend a recent chemical pre-pattern model based on the cell cycle Journal of Theoretical Biology 207 (2000) 305-316, by including cell movement and show that the resultant model exhibits the correct spatio-temporal dynamics of cell aggregation. We also postulate a model to account for the recently observed spatio-temporal dynamics at the molecular level.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:somitogenesis; cell cycle model; segmentation clock; cell movement; positional information
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:395
Deposited By:Philip Maini
Deposited On:20 Nov 2006
Last Modified:25 Oct 2010 16:28

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