The Neural Crest in Development and Evolution

  title={The Neural Crest in Development and Evolution},
  author={Brian K. Hall},
  booktitle={Springer New York},
  • B. Hall
  • Published in Springer New York 14 March 2013
  • Biology
Preface.- Discovery and Origins: Discovery Embryological Origins Evolutionary Origins Agnathans.- Derivatives and Diversity: Amphibians Bony and Cartilaginous Fishes Reptiles and Birds Mammals.- Mechanisms and Malformations: Mechanisms of Migration Mechanisms of Differentiation Neurocristopathies Birth Defects.- References.- Index. 
Neuroembryology and Neurogenesis
The proliferation, differentiation, and migration of the neuronal and neural-crest cells are discussed and current studies on perinatal neuronal apoptotic death and its prevention by survival factors are introduced.
Evolution of cranial development and the role of neural crest: insights from amphibians
Results underline the importance of accurate and reliable homology assessments for evaluating the contrasting patterns of derivation reported for the three principal tetrapod models: mouse, chicken and frog.
Riding the Crest of the Wnt Signaling Wave
New findings reveal that Wnt6 expression in the surface ectoderm directs neural crest induction, a crucial step during the embryonic development of vertebrates.
Evolution of the vertebrate jaw: homology and developmental constraints
It was inferred that ammocoete lips may not be identical to gnathostome jaws by precise comparative morphology and gene expression analyses, and noncomparable elements have to be sought, if the jaw is truly an evolutionary novelty.
Latent homologues for the neural crest as an evolutionary novelty
Additional tantalizing evidence is presented that could be considered as documenting neural crest precursors in precraniates and an evolutionary context—latent homologue—within which these data should be interpreted is proposed.
Neurocan developmental expression and function during early avian embryogenesis
Neurocan is the most abundant lectican considered to be expressed exclusively in the central nervous system and interacts with other matrix components, with cell adhesion molecules, growth.
Craniofacial Development and the Evolution of the Vertebrates: the Old Problems on a New Background
A modern version of the germ-layer theory is defined in terms of the conserved differentiation of cell lineages, which is again questioned from the vantage of evolutionary developmental biology.
Origins and plasticity of neural crest cells and their roles in jaw and craniofacial evolution.
Recent findings concerning the inductive origins of neural crest cells are discussed, as well as new insights into the mechanisms patterning this cell population and the subsequent influence this has had on craniofacial evolution are discussed.
Insights into neural crest development and evolution from genomic analysis.
New genomic approaches have provided a platform and tools that are changing the depth and breadth of the authors' understanding of neural crest development at a "systems" level and offer a new perspective on developmental as well as stem cell and cancer biology.