Gastrulation dynamics: cells move into focus

Trends Cell Biol. 2004 Nov;14(11):620-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tcb.2004.09.008.


During vertebrate gastrulation, a relatively limited number of blastodermal cells undergoes a stereotypical set of cellular movements that leads to formation of the three germ layers: ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm. Gastrulation, therefore, provides a unique developmental system in which to study cell movements in vivo in a fairly simple cellular context. Recent advances have been made in elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie cell movements during zebrafish gastrulation. These findings can be compared with observations made in other model systems to identify potential general mechanisms of cell migration during development.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Movement / physiology
  • Gastrula / cytology*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Zebrafish / embryology*
  • Zebrafish / genetics