Molecular and cellular biology of avian somite development DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS Stockdale, F. E., Nikovits, W., Christ, B. 2000; 219 (3): 304-321


Much of our understanding of early vertebrate embryogenesis derives from experimental work done with the chick embryo. Studies of the avian somite have played a key role in elucidating the developmental history of this important structure, the source of most muscle and bone in the organism. Here we review the development of the avian somite including morphological and molecular data on the origin of paraxial mesoderm, maturation of the segmental plate, specification and formation of somite compartments, and somite cell differentiation into cartilage and skeletal muscle.

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