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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Some Recent Findings
- 3 Ectoderm Development
- 3.1 Introduction
- 3.2 Objectives
- 3.3 Textbook References
- 3.4 Development Overview
- 3.5 Notochord
- 3.6 Ectoderm
- 3.7 Neural Plate
- 3.8 Neural Groove
- 3.9 Neural Tube
- 3.10 Secondary Neuralation
- 3.11 Neural Crest
- 3.12 Ectodermal Placodes
- 3.13 Human Neuralation - Early Stages
- 3.14 Movies
- 3.15 References
- 3.16 External Links
- 3.17 Take the Quiz
- 3.18 Glossary Links
The top layer of the early trilaminar embryo germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm) formed by gastrulation. The ectoderm can be though of as having 4 early regions: neural plate, neural crest, surface ectoderm and placodes.
The ectoderm contributes to the human embryo:
- nervous system, both central (neural plate) and peripheral (neural crest).
- epidermis of the skin (surface ectoderm) and pigmented cells (neural crest).
- head regions that contribution sensory and endocrine structures (placodes).
- adrenal gland medullary cells (neural crest).
|Ectoderm Links: Endoderm | Mesoderm | Ectoderm | Lecture - Ectoderm Development | Lecture - Neural Development | Lecture - Integumentary Development | Neural System Development | Neural Crest Development | Integumentary System Development | Placodes | Category:Ectoderm|
Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
This table shows an automated computer PubMed search using the listed sub-heading term.
References listed on the rest of the content page and the associated discussion page (listed under the publication year sub-headings) do include some editorial selection based upon both relevance and availability.
Ying Wang, Rohinton P Edalji, Sanjay C Panchal, Chaohong C Sun, Stevan W Djuric, Anil Vasudevan Are We There Yet? - Applying Thermodynamic and Kinetic Profiling on Embryonic Ectoderm Development (EED) Hit-to-Lead Program. J. Med. Chem.: 2017; PubMed 28926243
Varalee Yodsurang, Chizu Tanikawa, Takafumi Miyamoto, Paulisally Hau Yi Lo, Makoto Hirata, Koichi Matsuda Identification of a novel p53 target, COL17A1, that inhibits breast cancer cell migration and invasion. Oncotarget: 2017, 8(34);55790-55803 PubMed 28915553
Mao-Rong Zhu, Dao-Hai Du, Jun-Chi Hu, Lian-Chun Li, Jing-Qiu Liu, Hong Ding, Xiang-Qian Kong, Hua-Liang Jiang, Kai-Xian Chen, Cheng Luo Development of a high-throughput fluorescence polarization assay for the discovery of EZH2-EED interaction inhibitors. Acta Pharmacol. Sin.: 2017; PubMed 28858300
Wenhua Yu, Fang Zhang, Shiyan Wang, Yi Fu, Jiahuan Chen, Xiaodong Liang, Huangying Le, William T Pu, Bing Zhang Depletion of polycomb repressive complex 2 core component EED impairs fetal hematopoiesis. Cell Death Dis: 2017, 8(4);e2744 PubMed 28406475
Shanshan Ai, Yong Peng, Chen Li, Fei Gu, Xianhong Yu, Yanzhu Yue, Qing Ma, Jinghai Chen, Zhiqiang Lin, Pingzhu Zhou, Huafeng Xie, Terence W Prendiville, Wen Zheng, Yuli Liu, Stuart H Orkin, Da-Zhi Wang, Jia Yu, William T Pu, Aibin He EED orchestration of heart maturation through interaction with HDACs is H3K27me3-independent. Elife: 2017, 6; PubMed 28394251
| This animation shows the embryonic disc from the amniotic cavity side ectoderm (human week 3) onward.
Note that there are other pages describing neural (central nervous system; brain and spinal cord) and neural crest (peripheral nervous system; sensory and sympathetic ganglia). Epidermis (integumentary, skin contribution) development will be briefly mentioned due to its ectoderm origin.
- Understanding of events during the third and fourth week of development
- Understanding the process of notochord formation
- Understanding the process of early neural development
- Brief understanding of neural crest formation
- Brief understanding of epidermis formation
- Understanding of the adult components derived from ectoderm
- Brief understanding of early neural abnormalities
- Human Embryology (3rd ed.) Chapter 5 p107-125
- The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (6th ed.)
- Moore and Persaud Chapter 18 p451-489
- Essentials of Human Embryology Larson Chapter 5 p69-79
- Before We Are Born (5th ed.) Moore and Persaud Chapter 19 p423-458
- forms initially as the Axial Process, a hollow tube which extends from the primitive pit , cranially to the oral membrane
- the axial process then allow transient communication between the amnion and the yolk sac through the neuroenteric canal.
- the axial process then merges with the Endodermal layer to form the Notochordal Plate.
- the notochordal plate then rises back into the Mesodermal layer as a solid column of cells which is the Notochord.
- 2 parts
- midline neural plate
- lateral surface ectoderm
- sensory placodes
- epidermis of skin, hair, glands, anterior pituitary, teeth enamel
| Development of the neural plate region at the embryonic disc stage.
Dorsal view of the embryonic disc from the amniotic cavity side showing the ectoderm with the central region developing into the neural plate.
The neural plate extends from buccopharyngeal membrane to primitive node and forms above the notochord and paraxial mesoderm.The neuroectodermal cells form a broad brain plate and narrower spinal cord region.
- extends from buccopharyngeal membrane to primitive node
- forms above notochord and paraxial mesoderm
- neuroectodermal cells
- broad brain plate
- narrower spinal cord
- 3 components form: floor plate, neural plate, neural crest
Neural Determination- neuronal populations are specified before plate folds
- signals from notochord and mesoderm - secrete noggin, chordin,follistatin
- all factors bind BMP-4 an inhibitor of neuralation
- bone morphogenic protein acts through membrane receptor
- lateral inhibition generates at spinal cord level 3 strips of cells
- expression of delta inhibits nearby cells, which express notch receptor, from becoming neurons
- Delta-Notch inetraction- generates Neural strips
|This animation of early neural development from week 3 onward shows the neural groove fusing to form the neural tube.
View - Dorsolateral of the whole early embryo and yolk sac. Cranial (head) to top and caudal (tail) to bottom. Yolk sac is shown to the left.
Beginning with the neural groove initially fusing at the level of the 4th somite to form the neural tube and closing in both directions to leave 2 openings or neuropores: a cranial neuropore (anterior neuropore) and a caudal neuropore (posterior neuropore).
The animation also shows as the embryo grows and folds it increases in size relative to the initial yolk sac. Note also the increasing number of somites over time.
- 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
- the neural tube forms the brain and spinal cord
- fusion of neural groove extends rostrally and caudally
- begins at the level of 4th somite
- closes neural groove "zips up" in some species.
- humans appear to close at multiple points along the tube.
- leaves 2 openings at either end - Neuropores
- cranial neuropore closes before caudal
Failure for the neural tube to close correctly or completely results in a neural tube defect.
|This animation shows the early developmental process often described as secondary neurulation.
Red - site of secondary neurulation | Blue - neural tube
- a 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
- studied by quail-chick chimeras
- transplanted quail cells have obvious nucleoli compared with chicken
Neural Crest Derivitives
- 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
- Links: Neural Crest Development
- Specialized ectodermal "patches" in the head region
- Contribute sensory structures - otic placode (otocyst), nasal placode, lens placode
- Contribute teeth
Human Neuralation - Early Stages
The stages below refer to specific Carneigie stages of development.
- Carnegie stage 8 (about 18 postovulatory days) neural groove and folds are first seen
- Carnegie stage 9 the three main divisions of the brain, which are not cerebral vesicles, can be distinguished while the neural groove is still completely open.
- Carnegie stage 10 (two days later) neural folds begin to fuse near the junction between brain and spinal cord, when neural crest cells are arising mainly from the neural ectoderm
- Carnegie stage 11 (about 24 days) the rostral (or cephalic) neuropore closes within a few hours; closure is bidirectional, it takes place from the dorsal and terminal lips and may occur in several areas simultaneously. The two lips, however, behave differently.
- Carnegie stage 12 (about 26 days) The caudal neuropore takes a day to close.
- the level of final closure is approximately at future somitic pair 31
- corresponds to the level of sacral vertebra 2
- Carnegie stage 13 (4 weeks) the neural tube is normally completely closed.
Secondary neurulation begins at stage 12 - is the differentiation of the caudal part of the neural tube from the caudal eminence (or end-bud) without the intermediate phase of a neural plate.
Above text modified from
- Sabine Reichert, Rebecca A Randall, Caroline S Hill A BMP regulatory network controls ectodermal cell fate decisions at the neural plate border. Development: 2013, 140(21);4435-44 PubMed 24089471 | Development
- R O'Rahilly, F Müller Neurulation in the normal human embryo. Ciba Found. Symp.: 1994, 181;70-82; discussion 82-9 PubMed 8005032
- Developmental Biology by Gilbert, Scott F. Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates, Inc.; c2000 Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their Derivatives
- Molecular Biology of the Cell 4th ed. Alberts, Bruce; Johnson, Alexander; Lewis, Julian; Raff, Martin; Roberts, Keith; Walter, Peter New York and London: Garland Science; c2002 - Figure 21-78. Somite formation in the chick embryo
- Madame Curie Bioscience Database Chapters taken from the Madame Curie Bioscience Database (formerly, Eurekah Bioscience Database) Eurekah.com and Landes Bioscience and Springer Science+Business Media; c2009 Patterning the Vertebrate Neural Plate by Wnt Signaling | Neural Crest Delamination and Migration
Eva Kutejova, James Briscoe, Anna Kicheva Temporal dynamics of patterning by morphogen gradients. Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev.: 2009, 19(4);315-22 PubMed 19596567
Frédéric Charron, Marc Tessier-Lavigne The Hedgehog, TGF-beta/BMP and Wnt families of morphogens in axon guidance. Adv. Exp. Med. Biol.: 2007, 621;116-33 PubMed 18269215
Frédéric Charron, Marc Tessier-Lavigne Novel brain wiring functions for classical morphogens: a role as graded positional cues in axon guidance. Development: 2005, 132(10);2251-62 PubMed 15857918
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