Experimental Embryological Methods for Analysis of Neural Induction in the Amphibian

  • Ray Keller
  • Ann Poznanski
  • Tamira Elul
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 97)


Our objective is to describe and critique some of the experimental embryological preparations used to analyze tissue interactions involved in neural induction in amphibians. The molecular basis of neural induction and the tissue interactions that carry the inductive signals are areas of active research, stimulated by the recent identification of several potential neural inducers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), availability of regional molecular markers easily visualized with a good whole-mount RNA in situ hybridization method (7), and the work on Hox genes that may have a role in specifying regional differentiation of the vertebrate nervous system (8). These advances demand more of and make more useful the classical embryological manipulations used to characterize the tissue interactions involved in neural induction.


Neural Plate Neural Induction Deep Cell Convergent Extension Planar Signal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Keller
    • 1
  • Ann Poznanski
    • 1
  • Tamira Elul
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottsville
  2. 2.Graduate Group in BiophysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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