Migratory neural crest-like cells form body pigmentation in a urochordate embryo

@article{Jeffery2004MigratoryNC,
  title={Migratory neural crest-like cells form body pigmentation in a urochordate embryo},
  author={William R Jeffery and Allen G. Strickler and Yoshiyuki Yamamoto},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={431},
  pages={696-699}
}
The neural crest, a source of many different cell types in vertebrate embryos, has not been identified in other chordates. Current opinion therefore holds that neural crest cells were a vertebrate innovation. Here we describe a migratory cell population resembling neural crest cells in the ascidian urochordate Ecteinascidia turbinata. Labelling of embryos and larvae with the vital lipophilic dye DiI enabled us to detect cells that emerge from the neural tube, migrate into the body wall and… CONTINUE READING