Mechanisms controlling early development of the liver

Mech Dev. 2003 Jan;120(1):19-33. doi: 10.1016/s0925-4773(02)00328-3.


Over the last decade significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that control early aspects of mammalian liver development. Studies using tissue explant cultures and molecular biology techniques as well as the analysis of transgenic and knockout mice have identified signaling molecules and transcription factors that are necessary for the onset of hepatogenesis. This review presents an overview of these studies and discusses the role of individual factors during hepatic development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chick Embryo
  • Embryonic Induction / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Heart / embryology
  • Humans
  • Liver / embryology*
  • Liver / physiology
  • Mesoderm / physiology
  • Mice
  • Morphogenesis
  • Transcription Factors / physiology


  • Transcription Factors