Oscillations and the Regulation of Spatial Order in Developing Systems

  • M. G. Vicker
  • L. Rensing
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 36)

Abstract

Many authors seem convinced that the global order of patterning and cell positioning during development or some pathological situation is a consequence of supracellular processes, and have devoted considerable attention to the aesthetic virtues of morphogen concentration gradients. This notion rests on several principles including a) the evident graded form of organisms [1, 2], b) the concentration-dependent responses to inductive signals and c) the supposed ability of tactic cells to read spatial gradients of attractant molecules, an idea has been influential, if not appropriated wholesale. This view of taxis attained the status of a self-evident fact after investigations of neutrophil leukocytes [3] and the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum [4], Subsequently, the signal form and cellular mechanisms of perception and response have been conflated into the wisdom “chemotactic gradient”.

Keywords

Agar Adenosine Peri Pyrimidine Saccharomyces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Vicker
    • 1
  • L. Rensing
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich BiologieUniversität BremenBremenFed. Rep. of Germany

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