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Gap junctions in development--a perspective.

Warner, A; (1992) Gap junctions in development--a perspective. Semin Cell Biol , 3 (1) pp. 81-91.

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The status of the gap junction as a pathway for cellular interactions during development is reviewed. Current evidence suggests that gap junctions play an important part in ensuring normal development, although the precise role of gap junctional communication remains to be defined. Communication through gap junctions acts alongside cellular interactions achieved by the release of growth factors during embryogenesis. Differences between groups of developing cells may be reflected in, and possibly controlled by, alterations in the selectivity of the gap junctions. It seems likely that gap junctional communication is involved in the control of embryonic patterning rather than phenotypic differentiation.

Type: Article
Title: Gap junctions in development--a perspective.
Keywords: Animals, Cell Communication, Connexins, Embryonic Development, Embryonic and Fetal Development, Intercellular Junctions, Membrane Proteins
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/138010
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