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'.
There are really two sides of the morphogen problem," Dr.
Yet many morphogens tend to stick to cells, making it difficult to imagine the chemicals diffusing for any distance.
In some target cells the morphogens might turn on the genes responsible for building a limb.
The claims of this patent recite a method for the use of a particular OP/BMP morphogen to promote dendrite outgrowth by a neuron.
They recognised that a pattern shift like this was similar to the response that had been reported two decades earlier in Drosophila fruit flies in experiments that provided the first direct evidence for the existence of morphogens.
Brekke continued, "We can invest its various compartments with multiple different growth factors and morphogens, strategically positioned within the construct at specific dose concentrations.
Turing suggested that biological forms mirror patterns in the concentrations of hypothetical chemicals called morphogens.
Masaki Hiramoto of Japan's National Institute of Genetics studied several possible scenarios to learn more about the function of the two cellular "traffic cops"--called morphogens and chemotropic factors.
The published research also provides additional evidence that OP-1 and related morphogens play a major role in tissue formation and provide a broad platform for developing therapeutics to restore damaged tissue.