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To test the hypothesis that periodic signals and chemotaxis direct later morphogenesis in Dictyostelium discoideum, we investigated cell behavior and cell movement in slugs. Trails of neutral red-stained prestalk and anterior-like cells were recorded by high-resolution digital image processing. Neutral red-stained anterior-like cells in the prespore zone of(More)
During gastrulation in amniotes, epiblast cells ingress through the primitive streak and migrate away to form endodermal, mesodermal, and extraembryonic structures. Here we analyze the detailed movement trajectories of cells emerging at different anterior-posterior positions from the primitive streak, using in vivo imaging of the movement of GFP-tagged(More)
Proteus mirabilis colonies exhibit striking geometric regularity. Basic microbiological methods and imaging techniques were used to measure periodic macroscopic events in swarm colony morphogenesis. We distinguished three initial phases (lag phase, first swarming phase, and first consolidation phase) followed by repeating cycles of subsequent swarming plus(More)
BACKGROUND It has been known for more than 20 years that the early aggregation of the slime mould Dictyostelium is driven by periodic waves of cAMP, which instruct the cells to collect at the aggregation centre. Although it has been hypothesized that cAMP waves are also involved in the organization of multicellular morphogenesis, wave propagation in the(More)
The body plan of all higher organisms develops during gastrulation. Gastrulation results from the integration of cell proliferation, differentiation and migration of thousands of cells. In the chick embryo gastrulation starts with the formation of the primitive streak, the site of invagination of mesoderm and endoderm cells, from cells overlaying Koller's(More)
Complex three-dimensional waves of excitation can explain the observed cell movement pattern in Dictyostelium slugs. Here we show that these three-dimensional waves can be produced by a realistic model for the cAMP relay system [Martiel, J. L. & Goldbeter, A. (1987) Biophys J. 52, 807-828]. The conversion of scroll waves in the prestalk zone of the slug(More)
There are cells scattered in the rear, prespore region of the Dictyostelium slug that share many of the properties of the prestalk cells and that are therefore called anterior-like cells (ALCs). By placing the gene encoding a cell surface protein under the control of an ALC-specific promoter and immunologically labeling the living cells, we analyze the(More)
We present a new method for the quantification of dynamic changes in fluorescence intensities at the cell membrane of moving cells. It is based on an active contour method for cell-edge detection, which allows tracking of changes in cell shape and position. Fluorescence intensities at specific cortical subregions can be followed in space and time and(More)
We describe the application of a novel image processing method, which allows quantitative analysis of cell and tissue movement in a series of digitized video images. The result is a vector velocity field showing average direction and velocity of movement for every pixel in the frame. We apply this method to the analysis of cell movement during different(More)
The relationship between the cell cycle phase of vegetative amoebae and prestalk and prespore differentiation in the slug stage were investigated in the slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum. Cells were synchronized by release from the stationary phase. Samples were taken at various times during the course of a synchronous cell doubling, fluorescently(More)