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)
Dr. David A. Becker
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Interests: azulenyl nitrones; spin trapping; neuroprotection; free radicals; morphogenesis; bilateral symmetry; cadherins; zygo-dodecahedral brain model; geometrical music theory
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
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- developmental biology
- cell adhesion molecules
- adhesion networks