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Title: Calcium signalling during zebrafish embryonic development
Authors: Webb, Sarah E.
Miller, Andrew L.
Keywords: Calcium signalling
Egg activation
Embryonic development
Issue Date: Feb-2000
Citation: BioEssays, v. 22, iss. 2, February 2000, p. 113-123
Abstract: Calcium signals appear throughout the first 24 hours of zebrafish development. These begin at egg activation, then continue to be generated throughout the subsequent zygote, cleavage, blastula, gastrula, and segmentation periods. They are thus associated with the major phases of pattern formation: cell proliferation, cell differentiation, axis determination, the generation of primary germ layers, the emergence of rudimentary organ systems, and therefore the establishment of the basic vertebrate body plan. When signals need to be transmitted across significant distances they take the form of waves, either intracellular waves when the cell size is large, or later in development when the cell size is reduced, intercellular waves. We will consider both types of calcium signals and their integration into signalling networks, and discuss their possible functions and developmental significance with regard to pattern formation.
Rights: Permission is granted by the Company of Biologists Ltd. The paper was published in BioEssays, vol. 22, iss. 2, February 2000, p. 113-123.
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