Endoderm development - from patterning to organogenesis
Although the ectoderm and mesoderm have been the focus of intensive work in the recent era of studies on the molecular control of vertebrate development, the endoderm has received less attention. Because signaling must occur between germ layers in order to achieve a properly organized body, our understanding of the coordinated development of all organs requires a more thorough consideration of the endoderm and its derivatives. This review focuses on present knowledge and perspectives concerning endoderm patterning and organogenesis. Some of the classical embryology of the endoderm is discussed and the progress and deficiencies in cellular and molecular studies are noted.
Keywords: epithelial-mesenchymal interactions ; heart tube formation ; gene-expression ; sonic hedgehog ; chick-embryo ; ventral morphogenesis ; pancreas development ; transcription factor ; prospective areas ; xenopus-laevis
Record created on 2006-06-13, modified on 2016-08-08