Mechanisms of Morphogenesis


  • Jamie Davies, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

Morphogenesis is the set of processes that generate shape and form in the embryo--an important area within developmental biology. An exciting and up-to-the-minute account of the very latest research into the factors that create biological form, Mechanisms of Morphogenesis, second edition is a text reference on the mechanisms of cell and tissue morphogenesis in a diverse array of organisms, including prokaryotes, animals, plants and fungi.By combining hard data with computer modeling, Mechanisms of Morphogenesis, second edition equips readers with a much broader understanding of the scope of modern research than is otherwise available. The book focuses on the ways in which the genetic program is translated to generate cell shape, to direct cell migration, and to produce the shape, form and rates of growth of the various tissues. Each topic is illustrated with experimental data from real systems, with particular reference to gaps in current knowledge and pointers to future
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Cell and developmental biologists, graduates, would attend conferences by the British Society for Developmental Biology and the American Society for Developmental Biology, the Developmental Pathology Society etc.


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-391062-2


"...written in acessible prose. Each chapter outlines experiments that explore a basic central concept. The book is richly illustrated with drawings and well supported by an impressive, up-to-date literature base. Young scientists could profit immensely from this book, as it points out to potential avenues of further fruitful research. For the established researcher, the book will provide an excellent update on current advances, and several simple exercises provided in footnotes will be useful in the classroom. Davies wisely makes no attempt to provide comprehensive coverage, but uses persuasive logic to draw out the robust argument that although form is ultimately dependent on cells constructing tissues, complexity in biological sytems can and does arise by simple mechanisms at the cellular level. The result is a unique perspective on a set of problems of fundamental importance to molecular, cell and developmental biologists." -Chris B. Cameron, University of Montreal, in BIOSCIENCE "This beautiful book presents an overview of new concepts in this exciting excellent guide for a seminar course...carefully edited and a joy to read. The color illustrations are beautifully prepared and informative...Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography enabling the reader to gain immediate access to the literature. The author provides an excellent blend of theory and experimental biology. The problems faced by the embryo are identified and experimental findings are interpreted. The grand unifying theme is 'adaptive self-organization'. This is the kind of interpretation and integration of science that is so valuable. It is refreshing to read a book that provides more than just a simple list of isolated facts...I highly recommend it for biologists, as well as students of biophysics and bioengineering. It provides a great overview of major findings and new paradigms in the study of biological structure and function." -Bruce A Fenderson, Ph.D, Thomas Jefferson University for DOODY'S

Table of Contents

1) Introductory Section 1.1 General introduction 1.2 Key principles of morphogenesis 1.3 The power and limitations of self-assembly2) Cell shape and the cell morphogenesis2.1 Morphogenesis by changing cell shape: a brief overview2.2 Shape in animal cells: tensegrity2.3 Making cellular processes2.4 Shape in plant cells3) Cell Migration3.1 Cell migration in development: a brief overview3.2 The nanomachinery of locomotion3.3 Guidance by chemotaxis3.4 Guidance by galvanotaxis3.5 Guidance by contact3.6 Waypoint navigation in the embryo3.7 Condensation of cells4) Epithelial Morphogenesis4.1 The epithelial state - brief overview4.2 Neighbour exchange and convergent extension4.3 Closure of holes4.4 Invagination and evagination4.5 Epithelial fusion4.6 Epithelial Branching5) Morphogenesis by cell proliferation and death 5.1 Growth, proliferation and death - a brief introduction5.2 Morphogenesis by orientated cell division5.3 Morphogenesis by elective cell death6) Conclusion and perspectives