Modeling of segmentation clock mechanism in presomitic mesoderm.

A. Kazama, A. Karashima, N. Katayama, M. Nakao

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Somite is sequentially generated in a head-to-tail order by segmentation of the mesenchymal tissue called presomitic mesoderm (PSM). The segmentation occurs periodically at the anterior end of the PSM, and this periodic segmentation has been suggested to be regulated by a molecular clock. In mouse PSM, the segmentation-related genes change their expression every 120 minutes, and this cyclic expression is essential for regular somite segmentation. In this study, a molecular mechanism of segmentation clock involving Wnt and Delta-Notch signaling pathways is modeled, and reality of the model structure is investigated through simulating biological findings. One dimensional array of the cellular clock models is constructed to simulate spatio-temporal dynamics of the gene-expressions in the PSM. The simulation result suggests that the Wnt gradient across the PSM is involved in the dynamics under concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3267-3270
Number of pages4
JournalConference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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