ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-040329-4
Vertebrate floor-plate specification: variations on common themes
Strähle, U., Lam, C.S., Ertzer, R., and Rastegar, S.
Date: 2004
Source: Trends in genetics : TIG   20(3): 155-162 (Review)
Registered Authors: Ertzer, Raymond, Lam, Eric (C.S.), Rastegar, Sepand, Strähle, Uwe
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Axons/physiology*
  • Cell Differentiation/physiology
  • Chick Embryo*
  • Fishes/embryology*
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains/embryology*
  • Neurons/cytology
  • Neurons/physiology
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
PubMed: 15036809 Full text @ Trends Genet.
Situated at the ventral-most part of the vertebrate neural tube, the floor plate (FP) is an important signalling centre that controls the regional differentiation of neurons in the nervous system. It secretes guidance molecules that direct ventrally navigating axons crucial for the correct wiring of neuronal circuits. Although the function of the FP is well-conserved from fish to humans, discrepancies exists with respect to both the signalling system involved in FP induction, and the origin of the FP in various vertebrate species. Recent findings from the embryos of zebrafish, chicken and mouse provide insights that reconcile previous results and suggest common themes in vertebrate FP specification.