The paired homeobox gene Uncx4.1 specifies pedicles, transverse processes and proximal ribs of the vertebral column.


The axial skeleton develops from the sclerotome, a mesenchymal cell mass derived from the ventral halves of the somites, segmentally repeated units located on either side of the neural tube. Cells from the medial part of the sclerotome form the axial perichondral tube, which gives rise to vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs; the lateral regions of the… (More)


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