Cellular and genetic responses to mesoderm induction in Xenopus

Bioessays. 1990 Oct;12(10):465-71. doi: 10.1002/bies.950121003.


Mesodermal cell differentiation begins in response to an inductive interaction early in frog development. In parallel with the recent finding that certain peptide growth factors can induce mesoderm, early cellular and genetic responses to the induction have been discovered. I review here recent work on these responses, work that aims to understand how cells respond to inducers to form the complex pattern of the vertebrate mesoderm.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic Induction*
  • Muscles / embryology
  • Xenopus laevis / embryology*