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Cellular and molecular mechanisms of intestinal elongation in mammals: the long and short of it.
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PMID:  23203569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The gastrointestinal tract carries out essential functions for the organism, including the digestion and absorption of nutrients. The cells lining the lumen of the gut tube derive from the endoderm, one of the three germ layers formed during gastrulation. The length of the intestinal tract determines its digestive and absorptive capacity, and so the intestine expands several times the length of the whole body to ensure an adequate absorptive area to meet nutritional demands. However, the endoderm starts out as a small sheet of cells spanning less than the whole length of the head-fold embryo. In order to achieve its final shape and size, the cells in the endoderm undergo extensive growth and profound morphogenetic changes, which are governed by embryonic signaling pathways and transcription factors. This review, based on mouse development, summarizes our current knowledge of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the morphogenetic changes that participate in shaping the mature intestinal tract in vertebrates.
Sara Cervantes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Histology and histopathology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1699-5848     ISO Abbreviation:  Histol. Histopathol.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8609357     Medline TA:  Histol Histopathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Diabetes and Obesity Research Laboratory, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer IDIBAPS-Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain.
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