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5. Somite Development - Loss of the Somite
Neural crest cells will migrate beside and through somite and finally the somite structure is lost and spreads as the 3 component parts.
- Sclerotome - from the left and right somite at each level will engulf the notochord. This transient structure is then resegmented to form the axial skeleton, vertebra and intervertebral discs.
- Dermatome - forms a thick band in the dorsal region of the embryo. This will then spread ventrally under the surface ectoderm (epidermis) to form the dermis of the skin.
- Myotome - from the ventrolateral lip of the dermomyotome, spreads both dorsally and ventrally to eventually form skeletal muscle cells.
- Dorsally - the epimere which in turn forms epaxial muscles, located behind the vertebral column.
- Ventrally - the hypomere, which in turn forms hypaxial muscles, located on the ventral body wall and somites at the level of the limbs will also form limb muscles.
Note - the cartoons show just the embryo righthand side mesoderm development (the same events occur on the lefthand side).
- Somite Links: 1 paraxial | 2 early somite | 3 sclerotome and dermomyotome | 4 dermatome and myotome | 5 somite spreading | SEM image - Human Embryo (week 4) showing somites | Movie - somitogenesis Hes expression
Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2019, July 23) Embryology Mesoderm cartoon 09.jpg. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/File:Mesoderm_cartoon_09.jpg
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