Somites in Developing Embryos

  • Ruth Bellairs
  • Donald A. Ede
  • James W. Lash

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 118)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Antone G. Jacobson, Stephen Meier
    Pages 1-16
  3. David S. Packard Jr.
    Pages 37-45
  4. Heinz Jürgen Jacob, Monika Jacob, Bodo Christ
    Pages 61-68
  5. K. M. Bagnall, E. J. Sanders, S. J. Higgins, H. Leam, E. Cheung
    Pages 69-78
  6. Monika Jacob, Franz Wachtler, Heinz Jürgen Jacob, Bodo Christ
    Pages 79-89
  7. Dennis Summerbell, Helen Coetzee, Amata Hornbruch
    Pages 105-117
  8. Tom Elsdale, Duncan Davidson
    Pages 119-134
  9. M. Veini, R. Bellairs
    Pages 135-145
  10. Claudio D. Stern, Roger J. Keynes
    Pages 147-159
  11. Hans Meinhardt
    Pages 179-189
  12. T. Jaffredo, A. F. Horwitz, C. A. Buck, P. M. Rong, F. Dieterlen-Lièvre
    Pages 225-236
  13. Bodo Christ, Monika Jacob, Heinz Jürgen Jacob, Beate Brand, Franz Wachtler
    Pages 261-275
  14. Roger J. Keynes, Claudio D. Stern
    Pages 289-299
  15. Michael H. L. Snow, Betsy C. Gregg
    Pages 301-311
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 313-320

About this book


Somite development is a unique and important topic; unique because somitic mesoderm is the first tissue to become segmented, important because the somites - once established - exert a profound influence on other seg­ mental structures which form later. Somite development is of interest at a number of levels. In one aspect, demarcation of a specific number of somites and size regulation, it is a particularly intriguing example of embryonic pattern formation, 'especially in vew of its possible relation to homoeobox-controlled segmentation in insects. At another level, somite development has long been studied by compara­ tive anatomists, but only recently has new light been thrown on such sub­ jects as segmentation of the head, proposed in the 18th century by Goethe and now a live issue for developmental biologists. Somit es are simple when they first appear, but very complex structures arise from them. These include the vertebrae and the axial and other muscles and consequently there is a wealth of morphogenetic problems to be explored. Sometimes their morphogenesis is disturbed, by genetic or environ­ mental factors, and there are many clinical conditions which arise as a result.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Bellairs
    • 1
  • Donald A. Ede
    • 2
  • James W. Lash
    • 3
  1. 1.University College LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.University of GlasgowGlasgowScotland
  3. 3.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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