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Evolutionary developmental biology

The Evolutionary developmental biology section considers manuscripts describing the developmental processes of different organisms to infer the ancestral relationships between them and how much orthologous genes drive orthologous, convergent or innovative developmental processes to cite a few evolutionary mechanisms. Also considers manuscripts on morphological evolution, establishment of evolutionarily defined patterns and emerging toolkits and any software developed to study EvoDevo. Also considers manuscripts on developmental plasticity, epigenetic inheritance, genetic assimilation, niche construction and symbiosis. 

  1. Octopus vulgaris has been an iconic cephalopod species for neurobiology research as well as for cephalopod aquaculture. It is one of the most intelligent and well-studied invertebrates, possessing both long- and ...

    Authors: Astrid Deryckere, Ruth Styfhals, Erica A. G. Vidal, Eduardo Almansa and Eve Seuntjens

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2020 20:7

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Coilia nasus oogenesis/spawning migration is a well-defined synchronous arrangement process. DnaJs are indispensable molecular chaperones for oogenesis process. However, how DnaJs involved the anadromous spawning...

    Authors: Xiao-ting Feng, Xue-jun Yang, Jian-jian Ruan, Ya-qi Wang, Yan-feng Zhou, Dong-po Xu and Di-an Fang

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2019 19:9

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  3. NK genes are a group of homeobox transcription factors that are involved in various molecular pathways across bilaterians. They are typically divided into two subgroups, the NK cluster (NKC) and NK-linked gene...

    Authors: Sandra Treffkorn and Georg Mayer

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2019 19:7

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  4. The experimental approach to the evolution and development of the vertebrate skeleton has to a large extent relied on “direct-developing” amniote model organisms, such as the mouse and the chicken. These organ...

    Authors: Joost M. Woltering, Michaela Holzem, Ralf F. Schneider, Vasilios Nanos and Axel Meyer

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2018 18:8

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  5. FK506-binding proteins (FKBPs) have become the subject of considerable interest in several fields, leading to the identification of several cellular and molecular pathways in which FKBPs impact prenatal develo...

    Authors: George Ghartey-Kwansah, Zhongguang Li, Rui Feng, Liyang Wang, Xin Zhou, Frederic Z. Chen, Meng Meng Xu, Odell Jones, Yulian Mu, Shawn Chen, Joseph Bryant, Williams B. Isaacs, Jianjie Ma and Xuehong Xu

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2018 18:7

    Content type: Review

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  6. Germ cell formation has been investigated in sessile forms of tunicates. This process involves the release of a subset of maternal transcripts from the centrosome-attracting body (CAB) in the progenitor cells ...

    Authors: Lisbeth Charlotte Olsen, Ioannis Kourtesis, Henriette Busengdal, Marit Flo Jensen, Harald Hausen and Daniel Chourrout

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2018 18:4

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The Midas cichlid species complex (Amphilophus spp.) is widely known among evolutionary biologists as a model system for sympatric speciation and adaptive phenotypic divergence within extremely short periods of t...

    Authors: Claudius F. Kratochwil, Maggie M. Sefton, Yipeng Liang and Axel Meyer

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2017 17:15

    Content type: Methodology article

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  8. The molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the unusual echinoderm pentameral body plan and their likeness to mechanisms underlying the development of the bilateral plans of other deuterostomes are ...

    Authors: Demian Koop, Paula Cisternas, Valerie B. Morris, Dario Strbenac, Jean Yee Hwa Yang, Gregory A. Wray and Maria Byrne

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2017 17:4

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  9. Lake Malawi cichlids represent one of a growing number of vertebrate models used to uncover the genetic and developmental basis of trait diversity. Rapid evolutionary radiation has resulted in species that sha...

    Authors: R. F. Bloomquist, T. E. Fowler, J. B. Sylvester, R. J. Miro and J. T. Streelman

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2017 17:3

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The multicellular volvocine alga Pleodorina is intermediate in organismal complexity between its unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas, and its multicellular relative, Volvox, which shows complete division of labor...

    Authors: Stephanie Höhn and Armin Hallmann

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:35

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  11. Left-right (LR) organ asymmetries are a common feature of metazoan animals. In many cases, laterality is established by a conserved asymmetric Nodal signaling cascade during embryogenesis. In most vertebrates,...

    Authors: Matthias Tisler, Franziska Wetzel, Sabrina Mantino, Stanislav Kremnyov, Thomas Thumberger, Axel Schweickert, Martin Blum and Philipp Vick

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:28

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM a type of light-sheet microscopy) involves focusing a thin sheet of laser light through a specimen at right angles to the objective lens. As only the thin section ...

    Authors: Johannes Girstmair, Anne Zakrzewski, François Lapraz, Mette Handberg-Thorsager, Pavel Tomancak, Peter Gabriel Pitrone, Fraser Simpson and Maximilian J. Telford

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:22

    Content type: Methodology article

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  13. The development of the craniofacial skeleton from embryonic mesenchyme is a complex process that is not yet completely understood, particularly for intramembranous bones. This study investigates the developmen...

    Authors: Carolyn T Chang and Tamara Anne Franz-Odendaal

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:44

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  14. The homeodomain transcription factor orthopedia (Otp) is an evolutionarily conserved regulator of neuronal fates. In vertebrates, Otp is necessary for the proper development of different regions of the brain a...

    Authors: Jose Arturo Gutierrez-Triana, Ulrich Herget, Patrick Lichtner, Luis A Castillo-Ramírez and Soojin Ryu

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:41

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  15. The purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, has long been the focus of developmental and ecological studies, and its recently-sequenced genome has spawned a diversity of functional genomics approaches.

    Authors: Andreas Heyland and Jason Hodin

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:22

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  16. Circadian clocks have been postulated to regulate development time in several species of insects including fruit flies Drosophila melanogaster. Previously we have reported that selection for faster pre-adult deve...

    Authors: Pankaj Yadav, Madhumohan Thandapani and Vijay Kumar Sharma

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:19

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  17. Mosquito eggshells show remarkable diversity in physical properties and structure consistent with adaptations to the wide variety of environments exploited by these insects. We applied proteomic, transcriptomi...

    Authors: Osvaldo Marinotti, Tuan Ngo, Bianca B Kojin, Shao-Pei Chou, Brian Nguyen, Jennifer Juhn, Rebeca Carballar-Lejarazú, Pedro N Marinotti, Xiaofang Jiang, Marika F Walter, Zhijian Tu, Paul D Gershon and Anthony A James

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:15

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  18. Hox genes, with their similar roles in animals as evolutionarily distant as humans and flies, have fascinated biologists since their discovery nearly 30 years ago. During the last two decades, reports on Hox gene...

    Authors: Juan Pascual-Anaya, Salvatore D’Aniello, Shigeru Kuratani and Jordi Garcia-Fernàndez

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:26

    Content type: Review

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  19. The Drosophila larval head is evolutionarily derived at the genetic and morphological level. In the beetle Tribolium castaneum, development of the larval head more closely resembles the ancestral arthropod condit...

    Authors: Andrew D Peel, Julia Schanda, Daniela Grossmann, Frank Ruge, Georg Oberhofer, Anna F Gilles, Johannes B Schinko, Martin Klingler and Gregor Bucher

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:25

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  20. Toxic substances like heavy metals can inhibit and disrupt the normal embryonic development of organisms. Exposure to platinum during embryogenesis has been shown to lead to a “one fell swoop” internalization ...

    Authors: Leonie Marschner, Julian Staniek, Silke Schuster, Rita Triebskorn and Heinz-R Köhler

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:22

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  21. Phosphatase of regenerating liver (PRL) family is classified as class IVa of protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP4A) that removes phosphate groups from phosphorylated tyrosine residues on proteins. PRL phosphatas...

    Authors: Ming-Der Lin, Hsun-Tzu Lee, Szu-Chieh Wang, Han-Ru Li, Hsin-Lun Hsien, Kai-Wen Cheng, Yu-Di Chang, Min-Lang Huang, Jr-Kai Yu and Yau-Hung Chen

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:18

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  22. Transcription factors from the MADS-box family play a relevant role in cell differentiation and development and include the animal SRF (serum response factor) and MEF2 (myocyte enhancer factor 2) proteins. The...

    Authors: María Galardi-Castilla, Irene Fernandez-Aguado, Teresa Suarez and Leandro Sastre

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:12

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  23. Insulin and its plasma membrane receptor constitute an ancient response system critical to cell growth and differentiation. Studies using intact Rana pipiens oocytes have shown that insulin can act at receptors o...

    Authors: Gene A Morrill, Adele B Kostellow, Richard D Moore and Raj K Gupta

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:3

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  24. The multicellular slug in Dictyostelium has a single tip that acts as an organising centre patterning the rest of the slug. High adenosine levels at the tip are believed to be responsible for this tip dominance a...

    Authors: Pundrik Jaiswal, Shashi Prakash Singh, Prasad Aiyar, Rakhil Akkali and Ramamurthy Baskar

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:26

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  25. Multicellularity in cellular slime molds is achieved by aggregation of several hundreds to thousands of cells. In the model slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, adenosine is known to increase the aggregate size a...

    Authors: Pundrik Jaiswal, Thierry Soldati, Sascha Thewes and Ramamurthy Baskar

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:5

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  26. Rapid advances in genomics have provided nearly complete genome sequences for many different species. However, no matter how the sequencing technology has improved, natural genetic polymorphism complicates the...

    Authors: Irene E Samonte-Padilla, Christophe Eizaguirre, Jörn P Scharsack, Tobias L Lenz and Manfred Milinski

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2011 11:55

    Content type: Methodology article

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  27. Bryozoans represent a large lophotrochozoan phylum with controversially discussed phylogenetic position and in group relationships. Developmental processes during the budding of bryozoans are in need for revis...

    Authors: Thomas Schwaha and Timothy S Wood

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2011 11:23

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