Aman, A., and Piotrowski, T. (2011) Cell-cell signaling interactions coordinate multiple cell behaviors that drive morphogenesis of the lateral line. Cell adhesion & migration. 5(6):499-508.
The zebrafish sensory lateral line system has emerged as a powerful model for the mechanistic study of collective cell migration and morphogenesis. Recent work has uncovered the details of a signaling network involving the Wnt/β-catenin, Fgf and Delta-Notch pathways that patterns the migrating lateral line primordium into distinct regions. Cells within these regions exhibit different fundamental behaviors that together orchestrate normal lateral line morphogenesis. In this review, we summarize the signaling network that patterns the migrating lateral line primordium and describe how this patterning coordinates crucial morphogenic cell behaviors.