morphogen

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morphogen

[′mȯr·fə·jən]
(biochemistry)
Any compound that exerts a morphogenetic effect at low concentrations.
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Argosomes: a potential vehicle for the spread of morphogens through epithelia.
Transfer of differentiation signal by membrane microvesicles harboring hedgehog morphogens.
He put forward the idea that regular repeating patterns in biological systems are generated by a pair of morphogens that work together as an 'activator' and 'inhibitor'.
Protein gradients play an important part in directing cell behavior in biological systems; for example, gradients of proteins termed morphogens govern the development of tissue, ensuring that the various specialized cells present within a tissue structure are positioned properly.
2004), and therefore the morphogens causing settlement are not necessarily limited to CCA.
These cells not only produce many of the morphogens that will lead to the epithelial-mesenchymal-transition in the endocardial cushions, but also produce many of the matrix components that the mesenchymal cells will utilize as a migratory substratum.
Plant growth and development is orchestrated by several classes of morphogens.
The researchers have thought that these so-called morphogens create chemical maps by simply diffusing through an embryo.
Interspecific morphogens regulating prey-predator relationships in protozoa.
In Drosophila, as in other animals, initial morphological axes depend on very few diffusible morphogens under the control of a few genes.
Scientists call these "shape-maker" proteins morphogens (morpho- means form).