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The endoderm: a divergent cell lineage with many commonalities.

Authors
  • Nowotschin, Sonja1
  • Hadjantonakis, Anna-Katerina2
  • Campbell, Kyra3, 4
  • 1 Developmental Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065, USA.
  • 2 Developmental Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065, USA [email protected] [email protected]
  • 3 Bateson Centre, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK [email protected] [email protected]
  • 4 Department of Biomedical Science, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Development
Publisher
The Company of Biologists
Publication Date
Jun 03, 2019
Volume
146
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1242/dev.150920
PMID: 31160415
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The endoderm is a progenitor tissue that, in humans, gives rise to the majority of internal organs. Over the past few decades, genetic studies have identified many of the upstream signals specifying endoderm identity in different model systems, revealing them to be divergent from invertebrates to vertebrates. However, more recent studies of the cell behaviours driving endodermal morphogenesis have revealed a surprising number of shared features, including cells undergoing epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions (EMTs), collective cell migration, and mesenchymal-to-epithelial transitions (METs). In this Review, we highlight how cross-organismal studies of endoderm morphogenesis provide a useful perspective that can move our understanding of this fascinating tissue forward. © 2019. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

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