Induction and patterning of the neural crest, a stem cell-like precursor population

J Neurobiol. 1998 Aug;36(2):175-89. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-4695(199808)36:2<175::aid-neu6>;2-z.


The neural crest is a multipotent precursor population which ultimately generates much of the peripheral nervous system, epidermal pigment cells, and a variety of mesectodermal derivatives. Individual multipotent neural crest cells are capable of some self-renewing divisions, and based upon this criteria can be considered stem cells. Considerable progress has been made in recent years toward understanding how this important population of progenitor cells is initially established in the early embryo, and how cell-intrinsic and non-cell-intrinsic factors mediate their subsequent lineage segregation and differentiation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line / physiology
  • Neural Crest / cytology
  • Neural Crest / physiology*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Transcription, Genetic / physiology