The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 53 > Issue 4

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Apomixis, a unique reproductive mode in plants leading to maternal embryo formation within seeds, is viewed as a promising tool for plant breeding and agriculture. Although most of the underlying molecular mechanisms have not yet been elucidated, evidence for an epigenetic control of apomixis is growing. The photograph shows an apomictic maize-Tripsacum hybrid inflorescence which bears defective seeds. The defects unveil biological constraints to the instalment of apomixis in sexual crops that likely result from alterations perturbing critical epigenetic components of sexual reproduction. For more details, see paper by Leblanc et al. (pp. 585-596) in the current issue.

Meeting Report

1st Joint Meeting of the British and Spanish Developmental Biology Societies

Alicia Hidalgo and Lola Martin-Bermudo

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 443-446


Theoretical exploration of blastocyst morphogenesis

Rebecca J. Shipley, Michael B. Bonsall, David J. Allwright and Chris F. Graham

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 447-457


Non-genic transcription at the Drosophila bithorax complex – functional activity of the dark matter of the genome

Margaret C.W. Ho, Benjamin J. Schiller, Sara E. Goetz and Robert A. Drewell

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 459-468

Original Articles

Eye-specific expression of an ancestral jellyfish PaxB gene interferes with Pax6 function despite its conserved Pax6/Pax2 characteristics

Jana Ruzickova, Joram Piatigorsky and Zbynek Kozmik

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 469-482

Gonad-stimulating substance-like molecule from the radial nerve of the sea cucumber

Hideki Katow, Tomoko Katow and Akihiko Moriyama

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 483-491


Diverse miRNA spatial expression patterns suggest important roles in homeostasis and regeneration in planarians

Cristina González-Estévez, Varvara Arseni, Roshana S. Thambyrajah, Daniel A. Felix and A. Aziz Aboobaker

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 493-505

Differences in embryonic pattern formation between Caenorhabditis elegans and its close parthenogenetic relative Diploscapter coronatus

Vera Lahl, Jens Schulze and Einhard Schierenberg

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 507-515

A critical role for myoglobin in zebrafish development

Danielle H. Vlecken, Janwillem Testerink, Elisabeth B. Ott, Philippe A. Sakalis, Richard T. Jaspers and Christoph P. Bagowski

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 517-524

The mob as tumor suppressor (mats1) gene is required for growth control in developing zebrafish embryos

Yuan Yuan, Shuo Lin, Zuoyan Zhu, Wenxia Zhang and Zhi-Chun Lai

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 525-533

Developmental expression and regulation of the chemokine CXCL14 in Xenopus

Byung-Yong Park, Chang-Soo Hong, Faraz A. Sohail and Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 535-540

Unaltered imprinting establishment of key imprinted genes in mouse oocytes after in vitro follicle culture under variable follicle-stimulating hormone exposure

Ellen Anckaert, Tom Adriaenssens, Sergio Romero, Sarah Dremier and Johan Smitz

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 541-548

Characterization of the functional properties of the neuroectoderm in mouse Cripto -/- embryos showing severe gastrulation defects

Giovanna L. Liguori, Diego Echevarria, Sonia Bonilla, Daniela D’Andrea, Annamaria Liguoro, Maria G. Persico, and Salvador Martinez

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 549-557


EphrinA-EphA receptor interactions in mouse spinal neurulation: implications for neural fold fusion

Noraishah M. Abdul-Aziz, Mark Turmaine, Nicholas D.E. Greene and Andrew J. Copp

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 559-568

Mouse ES cells over-expressing the transcription factor NeuroD1 show increased differentiation towards endocrine lineages and insulin-expressing cells

Mélanie Marchand, Insa S. Schroeder, Suzy Markossian, Anouchka Skoudy, Didier Nègre, François-Loïc Cosset, Paco Real, Christian Kaiser, Anna M. Wobus and Pierre Savatier

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 569-578

Neurogenic and mitotic effects of dehydroepiandrosteroneon neuronal-competent marrow mesenchymal stem cells

Esmaeil H. Shiri, Narges-Zare Mehrjardi, Mahmood Tavallaei, Saeid K. Ashtiani and Hossein Baharvand

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 579-584

Seed development and inheritance studies in apomictic maize-Tripsacum hybrids reveal barriers for the transfer of apomixis into sexual crops

Olivier Leblanc, Daniel Grimanelli, Martha Hernandez-Rodriguez, Pablo A. Galindo, Ana M. Soriano-Martinez and Enrico Perotti

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 585-596

Technical Articles


Generation and functional characterization of mice with a conditional BMP7 allele

Vasiliki Zouvelou, Ourania Passa, Katerina Segklia, Sotiris Tsalavos, David M. Valenzuela, Aris N. Economides and Daniel Graf

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 597-603


Large-scale production of growing oocytes in vitro from neonatal mouse ovaries

Arata Honda, Michiko Hirose, Kimiko Inoue, Hitoshi Hiura, Hiromi Miki, Narumi Ogonuki, Michihiko Sugimoto, Kuniya Abe, Mito Kanatsu-Shinohara, Tomohiro Kono, Takashi Shinohara and Atsuo Ogura

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 605-613

Short Communications

A novel in vitro system for studying cardiomyocyte differentiation with medaka embryonic cells

Masao Hyodo, Shinji Makino, Yasunori Awaji, Yohei Sakurada, Tomoichi Ohkubo, Mitsushige Murata, Keiichi Fukuda and Michio Tsuda

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 615-622

Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci responsible for embryonic lethality in mice assessed by ultrasonography

Paul Laissue, Gaétan Burgio, David l’Hôte, Gilles Renault, Carmen Marchiol-Fournigault, Didier Fradelizi, Marc Fellous, Catherine Serres, Xavier Montagutelli, Philippe Monget and Daniel Vaiman.

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 623-629

Developmental Expression Patterns

The Xenopus Bowline/Ripply family proteins negatively regulate the transcriptional activity of T-box transcription factors

Keisuke Hitachi, Hiroki Danno, Shunsuke Tazumi, Yuko Aihara, Hideho Uchiyama, Koji Okabayashi, Akiko Kondow and Makoto Asashima

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 631-639

Neural crest ontogeny during secondary neurulation: a gene expression pattern study in the chick embryo

Liliana Osório, Marie-Aimée Teillet, Isabel Palmeirim and Martin Catala

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 641-648