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Regulation of organ growth by morphogen gradients


Schwank, G; Basler, K (2010). Regulation of organ growth by morphogen gradients. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, 2(1):a001669.

Abstract

Morphogen gradients play a fundamental role in organ patterning and organ growth. Unlike their role in patterning, their function in regulating the growth and the size of organs is poorly understood. How and why do morphogen gradients exert their mitogenic effects to generate uniform proliferation in developing organs, and by what means can morphogens impinge on the final size of organs? The decapentaplegic (Dpp) gradient in the Drosophila wing imaginal disc has emerged as a suitable and established system to study organ growth. Here, we review models and recent findings that attempt to address how the Dpp morphogen contributes to uniform proliferation of cells, and how it may regulate the final size of wing discs.

Morphogen gradients play a fundamental role in organ patterning and organ growth. Unlike their role in patterning, their function in regulating the growth and the size of organs is poorly understood. How and why do morphogen gradients exert their mitogenic effects to generate uniform proliferation in developing organs, and by what means can morphogens impinge on the final size of organs? The decapentaplegic (Dpp) gradient in the Drosophila wing imaginal disc has emerged as a suitable and established system to study organ growth. Here, we review models and recent findings that attempt to address how the Dpp morphogen contributes to uniform proliferation of cells, and how it may regulate the final size of wing discs.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:Special Collections > SystemsX.ch
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Special Collections > SystemsX.ch > Research, Technology and Development Projects > WingX
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:January 2010
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 08:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:14
Publisher:Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
ISSN:1943-0264
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1101/cshperspect.a001669
PubMed ID:20182606
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-35750

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