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Application of lithium ions leads to dramatic alterations in the positional value and subsequently to the formation of ectopic foot or head structures in Hydra vulgaris. Prolonged LiCl treatment decreases and pulse treatment increases the positional value. The decrease in the positional value is manifested in the formation of multiple ectopic feet along the(More)
Fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFR) are highly conserved receptor tyrosine kinases, and evolved early in metazoan evolution. In order to investigate their functional conservation, we asked whether the Kringelchen FGFR in the freshwater polyp Hydra vulgaris, is able to functionally replace FGFR in fly embryos. In Drosophila, two endogenous FGFR,(More)
Lacunar lesions are small infarctions in the territory of small penetrating arteries of the brain. Because of their small size these lesions can only in part be detected by CT. Clinical symptoms do not always correspond with the lesions visible in the CT. We studied the somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), the visual evoked potentials (VEP) and the(More)
In developing embryos, boundary formation between neighbouring groups of cells is essential to establish compartments which later fulfil specialized functions. The ability to form such boundaries has likely developed early in animal evolution - due to functional requirements imposed by the necessity to separate tissues which protect the animal, take up food(More)
Guidance of cells and tissue sheets is an essential function in developing and differentiating animal tissues. In Hydra, where cells and tissue move dynamically due to constant cell proliferation towards the termini or into lateral, vegetative buds, factors essential for guidance are still unknown. Good candidates to take over this function are fibroblast(More)
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