The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 51 > Issue 1

Cover Vol. 51 N. 1

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The 1885 normal plate, or Normentafel, from the founding work of modern human embryology. The anatomist Wilhelm His drew embryos, many of which would today be considered abnormal, from about the end of the second week to the end of the second month. Current staging systems of vertebrate embryos were adapted from this model. (Lithograph by C. Pausch from Wilhelm His, Anatomie menschlicher Embryonen, vol. 3: Zur Geschichte der Organe, Vogel, Leipzig, 1885, pl. X, by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library.) For more details, see the article by Nick Hopwood on pp. 1–26 in the present issue.

Special Contribution


A history of normal plates, tables and stages in vertebrate embryology

Nick Hopwood

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 1-26

Original Articles

XSu(H)2 is an essential factor for gene expression and morphogenesis of the Xenopus gastrula embryo

Motoaki Ito, Tomohisa Katada, Seiji Miyatani and Tsutomu Kinoshita

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 27-36

Blood vessel/epicardial substance (bves) expression, essential for embryonic development, is down regulated by Grk/EFGR signalling

Shengyin Lin, Debiao Zhao and Mary Bownes

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 37-44


Induction of reverse development in two marine Hydrozoans

Jürgen Schmich, Yulia Kraus, Doris De Vito, Daria Graziussi, Ferdinando Boero and Stefano Piraino

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 45-56

Stage-specific regulation of programmed cell death during oogenesis of the medfly Ceratitis capitata (Diptera, Tephritidae)

Athanassios D. Velentzas, Ioannis P. Nezis, Dimitrios J. Stravopodis, Issidora S. Papassideri and Lukas H. Margaritis

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 57-66

Amniotic fluid induces rapid epithelialization in the experimentally ruptured fetal mouse palate - implications for fetal wound healing

Toshiya Takigawa and Kohei Shiota

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 67-77

Short Communications

A change in response to Bmp signalling precedes ectodermal fate choice

Chris T. Dee, Abigail Gibson, Andrea Rengifo, Shun-Kuo Sun, Roger K. Patient and Paul J. Scotting

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 79-84

Enhanced development of porcine embryos cloned from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells

Hai-Feng Jin, B. Mohana Kumar, Jung-Gon Kim, Hye-Jin Song, Yeon-Ji Jeong, Seong-Keun Cho, Sivasankaran Balasubramanian, Sang-Yong Choe and Gyu-Jin Rho

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 85-90