What sponges can tell us about the evolution of developmental processes

Adamska, Maja, Degnan, Bernard M., Green, Kathryn and Zwafink, Christin (2011) What sponges can tell us about the evolution of developmental processes. Zoology, 114 1: 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.zool.2010.10.003

Author Adamska, Maja
Degnan, Bernard M.
Green, Kathryn
Zwafink, Christin
Title What sponges can tell us about the evolution of developmental processes
Journal name Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0944-2006
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.zool.2010.10.003
Volume 114
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Jena, Germany
Publisher Urban und Fischer
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Sponges are one of the simplest, and probably the oldest (earliest branching) multicellular lineage of extant animals. Although their embryonic development has been intensively studied in the late 19th and early 20th century, they have been mostly neglected by modern developmental biology. Recent interest in the evolution of development, aided by advances in sequencing technology, has brought the sponges back into the spotlight. It is known that the developmental toolkit of sponges includes signalling pathways, transcription factors and cell adhesion molecules that are employed during development of more complex animals (i.e. bilaterians). We are now beginning to understand how these conserved regulatory genes are used during the development of sponges. Methodological resources are now being developed for model species representing all major sponge lineages, potentially allowing us to gain insight into the evolutionary origin of animal developmental mechanisms.
Keyword Evolutionary origin of developmental mechanisms
Regulatory genes
Signalling pathways
Transcription factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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