Special Issue "Molecular Adhesion Codes in Geometric Regulation of Bilaterian Morphogenesis"


A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. David A. Becker
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA
Website: http://chemistry.fiu.edu/faculty/david-becker/
E-Mail: beckerd@fiu.edu
Phone: +1 305 348 3736
Fax: +1 305 348 3772
Interests: azulenyl nitrones; spin trapping; neuroprotection; free radicals; morphogenesis; bilateral symmetry; cadherins; zygo-dodecahedral brain model; geometrical music theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian Man” is a work that, in many, evokes a profound appreciation for the importance of symmetry and geometry in the underlying morphogenetic phenomena that intrinsically govern the assemblage of trillions of cells into the precise configuration that characterizes the human body plan. Can science unravel the elegant forces that so adroitly shape us? Great strides in this direction for various bilaterians have emerged (e.g., Shh, homeobox codes, BMP, chordin, WNT), yet the picture is far from complete.
The last decade has seen a number of studies highlighting the role of sets of cell adhesion molecules such as cadherins in the patterning of structures in the developing chicken spinal cord, the murine basal ganglia, and the legs of the insect gryllus bimaculatus. Recent work has put forth the notion that the overall morphology of the human brain is that of an icosahedrally-derived zygo-dodecahedron and that known heterophilic binding proclivities of certain type II cadherins may figure prominently in the construction of such a zygo-dodecahedral entity. This special issue of Symmetry welcomes contributions that document forays, be they experimental or theoretical, into molecular adhesion networks as geometric underpinnings in the developmental biology that gives rise to the bodies and/or body parts of either humans or other animals within the vast bilaterian subkingdom.

Prof. Dr. David A. Becker
Guest Editor


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  • morphogenesis
  • developmental biology
  • cell adhesion molecules
  • adhesion networks
  • biogeometry
  • bilaterians

Published Papers (1 paper)

Symmetry 2014, 6(3), 704-721; doi:10.3390/sym6030704
Received: 29 June 2014; in revised form: 29 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 14 August 2014
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Last update: 6 January 2014

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