Journal article

On the role of differential adhesion in gangliogenesis in the enteric nervous system

Emily J Hackett-Jones, Kerry A Landman, Donald F Newgreen, Dongcheng Zhang

JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

A defining characteristic of the normal development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) is the existence of mesoscale patterned entities called ganglia. Ganglia are clusters of neurons with associated enteric neural crest (ENC) cells, which form in the simultaneously growing gut wall. At first the precursor ENC cells proliferate and gradually differentiate to produce the enteric neurons; these neurons form clusters with ENC scattered around and later lying on the periphery of neuronal clusters. By immunolabelling neural cell-cell adhesion molecules, we infer that the adhesive capacity of neurons is greater than that of ENC cells. Using a discrete mathematical model, we test the hypothesis th..

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