BGDA Lecture - Development of the Embryo/Fetus 2
|Embryology - 12 Apr 2021 Expand to Translate|
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This lecture covers the period of Embryonic development, in Humans from week 3 to week 8 (GA week 5-10) and is divided into 23 Carnegie stages of embryonic development. There will also be a brief introduction to fetal development. Note, the period from week 9 to week 38 is considered Fetal development and will be covered in detail in the Laboratory 12.
- Understand key structures and events in embryonic development.
- Understanding of the dynamic changes internal and external structures.
- Brief understanding of organ and system formation (functional / not functional).
- Brief understanding of critical periods of development.
|[Media:2018 BGDA Lecture - Development of the Embryo-Fetus 2.pdf 2018 PDF] | 2017 | 2017 PDF ||
BGDA Practical Classes
|Practical 3 - Fertilization to Implantation||Practical 6 - Implantation to 8 Weeks||Practical 12 - Fetal Period|
First 8 Weeks
The Carnegie stages of the first 8 week of human development.
Mesoderm means the "middle layer" and it is from this layer that the body's connective tissues are derived (note that the head neural crest ectoderm also forms connective tissues)
In early mesoderm development a number of transient structures will form and then be lost as tissue structure is patterned and organised.
Mesoderm organization: (left to right)
lateral plate - intermediate mesoderm - paraxial mesoderm - axial mesoderm - paraxial mesoderm - intermediate mesoderm - lateral plate
Adult - contributes to the nucleus pulposis of the intervertebral disc
Adult - metanephros forms the renal kidney
Lateral Plate Mesoderm
Adult - body connective tissues, gastrointestinal tract (connective tissues, muscle, organs), heart
Somite initially forms 2 main components
- ventromedial- sclerotome forms vertebral body and intervertebral disc
- dorsolateral - dermomyotome forms dermis and skeletal muscle
|Heart Development Movies|
- forms initially in splanchnic mesoderm of prechordal plate region - cardiogenic region
- growth and folding of the embryo moves heart ventrallly and downward into anatomical position
- week 3 begins as paired heart tubes that fuse to form single heart tube
- begins to beat in Humans- day 22-23
- heart tube connects to blood vessels forming in splanchnic and extraembryonic mesoderm
Week 2-3 pair of thin-walled tubes
Week 3 tubes fused, truncus arteriosus outflow, heart contracting
Week 4 heart tube continues to elongate, curving to form S shape
Week 5 Septation starts, atrial and ventricular
- Links: Cardiac Embryology
- forms in the midline of the neural plate (day 18-19)
- either side of which are the neural folds which continues to deepen until about week 4
- neural folds begins to fuse, beginning at 4th somite level
Failure for the neural tube to close correctly or completely results in a neural tube defect.
Neural - 3 primary vesicles
- population of cells at the edge of the neural plate that lie dorsally when the neural tube fuses
- dorsal to the neural tube, as a pair of streaks
- pluripotential, forms many different types of cells
- cells migrate throughout the embryo
Neural Crest Derivatives: dorsal root ganglia, autonomic ganglia, adrenal medulla, drg sheath cells, glia, pia-arachnoid sheath, skin melanocytes, connective tissue of cardiac outflow, thyroid parafollicular cells, craniofacial skeleton, teeth odontoblasts
- branchial arch (Gk. branchia= gill)
- arch consists of all 3 trilaminar embryo layers (ectoderm- outside, mesoderm - core of mesenchyme, endoderm - inside)
- Humans have 5 arches - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (Arch 5 does not form or regresses rapidly)
- from in rostro-caudal sequence, Arch 1 to 6 from week 4 onwards
- arch 1 and 2 appear at time of closure of cranial neuropore
- Face - mainly arch 1 and 2
- Neck components - arch 3 and 4 (arch 4 and 6 fuse)
- During week 4 a series of thickened surface ectodermal patches form in pairs rostro-caudally in the head region.
- These sensory placodes will later contribute key components of each of our special senses (vision, hearing and smell).
- Note that their initial postion on the developing head is significantly different to their final position in the future sensory system
- Otic placode - istage 13/14 embryo the otic placode sunk from the surface ectoderm to form a hollow epithelial ball, the otocyst, which now lies beneath the surface surrounded by mesenchyme (mesoderm). The epithelia of this ball varies in thickness and has begun to distort, it will eventually form the inner ear membranous labyrinth.
- Lens placode - lies on the surface, adjacent to the outpocketing of the nervous system (which will for the retina) and will form the lens.
- Nasal placode - has 2 components (medial and lateral) and will form the nose olefactory epithelium.
Upper and Lower Limb
- Begins at buccopharyngeal membrane
- Ends at cloacal membrane
- 3 distinct portions (fore-, mid- and hind-gut)
- liver earliest forming organ
Germ layer contributions
- Endoderm - epithelium and associated glands
- Mesoderm (splanchnic) - mesentry, connective tissues, smooth muscle, blood vessels
- Ectoderm (neural crest) - enteric nervous system
Both endoderm and mesoderm will contribute to associated organs.
- Heart - septation starts, atrial and ventricular
- Vascular - 3 vascular systems (systemic, placental, vitelline) extensively remodelled
- Respiratory - left and right lung buds push into the pericardioperitoneal canals (primordia of pleural cavity)
- Sense - Hearing cochlear part of otic vesicle elongates (humans 2.5 turns)
Atrial septa remains open, foramen ovale, septation continues (week 5-7),
- Endocrine development
- pituitary - connecting stalk between pouch and oral cavity degenerates
- parathyroid - diverticulum elongate, hollow then solid, dorsal cell proliferation
- thymus - diverticulum elongate, hollow then solid, ventral cell proliferation
- adrenal - fetal cortex forms from mesothelium adjacent to dorsal mesentery, medulla neural crest cells from adjacent sympathetic ganglia
- pancreas - Week 7 to 20 pancreatic hormones secretion begins and increases, small amount maternal insulin
- limb bones form by endochondrial ossification and throughout embryo replacement of cartilage with bone (week 5 onward; bone timeline)
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- Limb - upper and lower limbs rotate in different directions (upper limb dorsally, lower limb ventrally)
Note - Fetal development topic will be covered in detail in practical 12 - Fetal. Information below is only a brief summary and may not be covered in this lecture.
- First Trimester (1 - 12 weeks) - embryonic and early fetal
- Second Trimester (13 - 24 weeks) - organ development, function, and growth (length)
- Third Trimester (25 - 40 weeks) - organ function and rapid growth (weight)
- During the fetal period there is ongoing growth in size, weight and surface area of the brain and spinal cord. Microscopically there is ongoing: cell migration, extension of processes, cell death and glial cell development.
- Brain - folding of the initially smooth surface (insular cortex, gyral and culcal development)
- Neural development will continue after birth with substantial growth, death and reorganization occuring during the postnatal period
- week 4 - 5 embryonic
- week 5 - 17 pseudoglandular
- week 16 - 25 canalicular
- week 24 - 40 terminal sac
- late fetal - 8 years alveolar
|Lung Stages (detailed)|
- Gonad - ovary and testis development
- Internal genital tract - uterus and ductus deferens
- External genital tract - genital folds development
- Testis descent
- week 32-34 nephron development completed
- term birth nephron number per kidney about 1 million (300,000 to 2 million)
- Links: renal
- Many endocrine organs begin to function in the early fetal period.
- Pituitary hormones - HPA axis established by week 20, pituitary functional throughout fetal development
- Thyroid hormone - important for neural development, required for metabolic activity, also in the newborn
Remember that the Placenta also has important endocrine functions during development.
The term "Critical Periods" refers to periods of development when specific systems are more sensitive to teratogen exposure or developmental insults.
|Critical Periods of Human Development|
|Conceptus||Embryonic development (weeks)||Fetal period (weeks)|
|Loss||Major abnormalities||Functional and Minor abnormalities|
See the associated BGDA Practical 6 class.
|Abnormality Links: abnormal development | abnormal genetic | abnormal environmental | Unknown | teratogens | ectopic pregnancy | cardiovascular abnormalities | coelom abnormalities | endocrine abnormalities | gastrointestinal abnormalities | genital abnormalities | head abnormalities | integumentary abnormalities | musculoskeletal abnormalities | limb abnormalities | neural abnormalities | neural crest abnormalities | placenta abnormalities | renal abnormalities | respiratory abnormalities | hearing abnormalities | vision abnormalities | twinning | Developmental Origins of Health and Disease | ICD-11|
|First Trimester Timeline|
- Glossary: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Numbers | Symbols | Term Link
Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2021, April 12) Embryology BGDA Lecture - Development of the Embryo/Fetus 2. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/BGDA_Lecture_-_Development_of_the_Embryo/Fetus_2
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