BGDB Face and Ear - Early Embryo
During week 4 a number of features appear visible on the embryo surface:
- At the level of the body heart, liver, somite bulges and limb buds appear.
- At the level of the head sensory placodes and pharyngeal arches appear.
Carnegie Stage 12 to 14
This is a scanning EM of the embryo superior dorsal view showing the paired otic placodes sinking into the surface at the level of the hindbrain between day 24 and day 25
|Human Embryo (Stage 11)|
Sensory placodes develop as small patches of ectodermal thickenings.
The placodes are laterally paired and contribute key components to sensory structures of the ear, eye and nose.
Named by the sensory system and components they will form: otic placode, optic (lens) placode and nasal placode.
Identify the structure and position of the otic vesicle (otocyst) relative to other head structures.
Stage 13 Pharyngeal Arches
Look through the above cross-sections of the stage 13 embryo observing and identifying structures of the face and ear visible at this stage.
Structures derived from Arches
|Pharyngeal Arch||Nerve||Artery|| Neural Crest
|trigeminal (V)||maxillary artery (terminal branches)||mandible, maxilla, malleus, incus||muscles of mastication, mylohyoid, tensor tympanic, ant. belly digastric||ant lig of malleus, sphenomandibular ligament|
|facial (VII)|| stapedial (embryonic)
|stapes, styloid process, lesser cornu of hyoid, upper part of body of hyoid bone||muscles of facial expression, stapedius, stylohyoid, post. belly digastric||stylohyoid ligament|
|3||glossopharyngeal (IX)||common carotid, internal carotid arteries||greater cornu of hyoid, lower part of body of hyoid bone||stylopharyngeus|
|4||vagus (X) superior laryngeal branch||part of aortic arch (left), part right subclavian artery (right)||thyroid, cricoid, arytenoid, corniculate and cuneform cartilages||crycothyroid, soft palate levator veli palatini (not tensor veli palatini)|
|6||vagus (X) recurrent laryngeal branch||part of left pulmonary artery (left), part of right pulmonary artery (right)||thyroid, cricoid, arytenoid, corniculate and cuneform cartilages||larynx intrinsic muscles (not cricothyroid muscle)|
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Other Sensory Systems
The links below are to additional information providing background about each of the sensory systems. Only hearing is covered in today's class.
- Hearing Links: Introduction | Science Lecture | Medicine Lecture | Inner Ear | Middle Ear | Outer Ear | Balance | Hearing - Neural Pathway | Stage 22 | Abnormalities | Neonatal Diagnosis - Hearing | Hearing test | Sensory Introduction | Placodes | Student project | Category:Hearing
- Vision Links: Introduction | Lens | Retina | Placodes | Extraocular Muscle | Cornea | Eyelid | Abnormalities | Student project 1 | Student project 2 | Category:Vision
|1906 Eye Embryology | 1907 Development Atlas | 1912 Eye Development | 1918 Grays Anatomy | 1921 Eye Development | 1922 Optic Primordia | Historic Disclaimer|
- Smell Links: Introduction | Placodes | Rhinencephalon | Head Development | Student project | Taste | Sensory Systems | Category:Smell
- Taste Links: Introduction
During this period neural crest cells migrate into the pharyngeal arches and other head locations, and have an important contribution to many different head structures. Neural crest cells at other levels contribute to body many structures. There are also many developmental abnormalities associated with abnormal neural crest development and/or migration. This topic is beyond the scope of the current class.
- Links: Neural Crest Development
Reference: Fabio Santagati, Filippo M Rijli Cranial neural crest and the building of the vertebrate head. Nat. Rev. Neurosci.: 2003, 4(10);806-18 PubMed 14523380
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