The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 46 > Issue 1 (Special Issue)

Cover Vol. 46 N. 1

Developmental Biology in Switzerland

Edited by: Ernst Hafen, Daniel Bopp and Denis Duboule

Cover Legend

The vertebrate embryo (Xenopus laevis), the striped invertebrate embryo (ftz expression in Drosophila melanogaster) and the hydra represent important model systems on which Developmental Biology research was founded in Swiss laboratories over the past centuries. The background consists of a 3-D rendered image of the Matterhorn (Cervin/Cervino), made available by the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (Data courtesy: aerial photography, Swiss Federal Office of Topography; image processing and computer graphics, Remote Sensing Laboratories; digital elevation model, M. Heller). The cover was adapted from a design by Tina Siegenthaler and Daniel Bopp.

Introductory papers

Developmental biology in Geneva: a three century-long tradition.

Marino Buscaglia and Denis Duboule

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 5-13

The beginnings of developmental biology in Swiss universities.

Rudolf Weber

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 15-22

Ernst Hadorn, a pioneer of developmental genetics.

Rolf Nöthiger

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 23-27

From transdetermination to the homeodomain at atomic resolution. An interview with Walter J. Gehring.

Niklaus Walter

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 29-37

Cnidarians as a model system for understanding evolution and regeneration.

Brigitte Galliot and Volker Schmid

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 39-48

Xenopus helveticus, an endangered species?

Duri Rungger

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 49-63


The genetic control of eye development and its implications for the evolution of the various eye-types.

Walter J Gehring

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 65-73

Musca domestica, a window on the evolution of sex-determining mechanisms in insects.

Andreas Dübendorfer, Monika Hediger, Géza Burghardt and Daniel Bopp

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 75-79

Conserved genetic mechanisms for embryonic brain patterning.

Heinrich Reichert

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 81-87

Chromosome 21: a small land of fascinating disorders with unknown pathophysiology.

Stylianos E Antonarakis, Robert Lyle, Samuel Deutsch and Alexandre Reymond

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 89-96

Defining the cell lineages of the islets of Langerhans using transgenic mice.

Pedro L Herrera

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 97-103

PPAR expression and function during vertebrate development.

Liliane Michalik, Béatrice Desvergne, Christine Dreyer, Mathilde Gavillet, Ricardo N Laurini and Walter Wahli

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 105-114

Loss and gain of domains during evolution of cut superclass homeobox genes.

Thomas R Bürglin and Giuseppe Cassata

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 115-123

Regulation of cell migration during tracheal development in Drosophila melanogaster.

Valérie Petit, Carlos Ribeiro, Andreas Ebner and Markus Affolter

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 125-132

Original articles

Extensive conservation of sequences and chromatin structures in the bxd polycomb response element among Drosophilid species.

Gaetano I Dellino, Christophe Tatout and Vincenzo Pirrotta

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 133-141

New telomere formation during the process of chromatin diminution in Ascaris suum.

Stephan Jentsch, Heinz Tobler and Fritz Müller

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 143-148

Maternal-effect loci involved in Drosophila oogenesis and embryogenesis: P element-induced mutations on the third chromosome.

Manolo Bellotto, Daniel Bopp, Kirsten A Senti, Richard Burke, Peter Deak, Peter Maroy, Barry Dickson, Konrad Basler and Ernst Hafen

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 149-157

mgm 1, the earliest sex-specific germline marker in Drosophila, reflects expression of the gene esg in male stem cells.

Adrian Streit, Luca Bernasconi, Pavel Sergeev, Alex Cruz and Monica Steinmann-Zwicky

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 159-166

A new gene in Drosophila melanogaster, Ravus, the phantom of the modifier of position-effect variegation Su(var)3-7.

Marion Delattre, Anne Spierer, Nicolas Hulo and Pierre Spierer

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 167-171

A screen for genes expressed in Drosophila imaginal discs.

Offer Gerlitz, Denise Nellen, Michael Ottiger and Konrad Basler

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 173-176

Embryonic expression of Xenopus SGLT-1L, a novel member of the solute carrier family 5 (SLC5), is confined to tubules of the pronephric kidney.

Samer R Eid, Anne Terrettaz, Katsumi Nagata and André W Brändli

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 177-184

A nested deletion approach to generate Cre deleter mice with progressive Hox profiles.

Yann Hérault, Marie Kmita, Chadi C Sawaya and Denis Duboule

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 185-191

Cell-intrinsic and cell-extrinsic cues regulating lineage decisions in multipotent neural crest-derived progenitor cells.

Christian Paratore, Lilian Hagedorn, Julien Floris, Lisette Hari, Maurice Kléber, Ueli Suter and Lukas Sommer

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2002) 46: 193-200