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Regulated adhesion as a driving force of gastrulation movements


Hammerschmidt,  Matthias
Georges Köhler Laboratory, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Max Planck Society;

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Hammerschmidt, M., & Wedlich, D. (2008). Regulated adhesion as a driving force of gastrulation movements. Development, 135, 3625-3641.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-9089-4
Recent data have reinforced the fundamental role of regulated cell adhesion as a force that drives morphogenesis during gastrulation. As we discuss, cell adhesion is required for all modes of gastrulation movements in all organisms. It can even be instructive in nature, but it must be tightly and dynamically regulated. The picture that emerges from the recent findings that we review here is that different modes of gastrulation movements use the same principles of adhesion regulation, while adhesion molecules themselves coordinate the intra- and extracellular changes required for directed cell locomotion.