Günter Plickert

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In Hydractinia, a colonial marine hydroid representing the basal phylum Cnidaria, Wnt signaling plays a major role in the specification of the primary body axis in embryogenesis and in the establishment of the oral pole during metamorphosis. Here we report supplementing investigations on head regeneration and bud formation in post-metamorphic development.(More)
In planula larvae of the invertebrate Hydractinia echinata (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa), peptides of the GLWamide and the RFamide families are expressed in distinct subpopulations of neurons, distributed in a typical spatial pattern through the larval body. However, in the adult polyp GLWamide or RFamide-expressing cells are located at body parts that do not(More)
During embryogenesis and planula development of the colonial hydroidHydractinia echinata cell proliferation decreases in a distinct spatio-temporal pattern. Arrest in S-phase activity appears first in cells localized at the posterior and then subsequently at the anterior pole of the elongating embryo. These areas do not resume S-phase activity, even during(More)
Astacin-like metalloproteases are ubiquitous in the animal kingdom but their phylogenetic relationships and ancient functions within the Metazoa are unclear. We have cloned and characterized four astacin-like cDNAs from the marine hydroid Hydractinia echinata and performed a database search for related genes in the draft genome sequence of the sea anemone(More)
An inhibitory field which emanates from the mobile tips of elongating stolons of colonial hydroids has been identified and analyzed. It extends proximally with decreasing intensity for about 400-700 μm and ensures that branching sites occur at appropriate distances along the stolon. The local strengths of inhibition within the field have been measured with(More)
We have identified a novel, multidomain, polymorphic lectin in the marine cnidarian Hydractinia echinata. The gene is expressed in oocytes and was therefore named CEL for cnidarian egg lectin. The predicted protein has an unusual domain architecture, consisting of variable numbers of thrombospondin type 1 domains, flanked by one N-terminal and two(More)
Patterning processes during embryonic development of Hydractinia echinata were analysed for alterations in morphology and physiology as well as for changes at the cellular level by means of treatment with proportioning altering factor (PAF). PAF is an endogenous factor known to change body proportions and to stimulate nerve cell differentiation in hydroids(More)
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