Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells

A. Kicheva, M.T. Bollenbach, O. Wartlick, F. Julicher, M. Gonzalez Gaitan, Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 22 (2012) 527–532.

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Morphogen gradients regulate the patterning and growth of many tissues, hence a key question is how they are established and maintained during development. Theoretical descriptions have helped to explain how gradient shape is controlled by the rates of morphogen production, spreading and degradation. These effective rates have been measured using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and photoactivation. To unravel which molecular events determine the effective rates, such tissue-level assays have been combined with genetic analysis, high-resolution assays, and models that take into account interactions with receptors, extracellular components and trafficking. Nevertheless, because of the natural and experimental data variability, and the underlying assumptions of transport models, it remains challenging to conclusively distinguish between cellular mechanisms.
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2012-12-01
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Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
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AK is currently supported by an MRC CDF. MGG and OW were supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, grants from the Swiss SystemsX.ch initiative, LipidX-2008/011, an ERC advanced investigator grant and the Polish-Swiss research program.
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22
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6
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527 - 532
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Kicheva A, Bollenbach MT, Wartlick O, Julicher F, Gonzalez Gaitan M. Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 2012;22(6):527-532. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2012.08.004
Kicheva, A., Bollenbach, M. T., Wartlick, O., Julicher, F., & Gonzalez Gaitan, M. (2012). Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 22(6), 527–532. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gde.2012.08.004
Kicheva, Anna, Mark Tobias Bollenbach, Ortrud Wartlick, Frank Julicher, and Marcos Gonzalez Gaitan. “Investigating the Principles of Morphogen Gradient Formation: From Tissues to Cells.” Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 22, no. 6 (2012): 527–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gde.2012.08.004.
A. Kicheva, M. T. Bollenbach, O. Wartlick, F. Julicher, and M. Gonzalez Gaitan, “Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells,” Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 527–532, 2012.
Kicheva A, Bollenbach MT, Wartlick O, Julicher F, Gonzalez Gaitan M. 2012. Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 22(6), 527–532.
Kicheva, Anna, et al. “Investigating the Principles of Morphogen Gradient Formation: From Tissues to Cells.” Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, vol. 22, no. 6, Elsevier, 2012, pp. 527–32, doi:10.1016/j.gde.2012.08.004.

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