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Developmental Biology of the Axolotl - John B. Armstrong

Developmental Biology of the Axolotl

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The axolotl, or Mexican salamander, is used in a wide range of biological research, from the study of the regulation of gene expression to pattern formation, neurobiology, and regeneration. This volume offers a short yet comprehensive survey of basic developmental research utilizing the animal, along with practical information for rearing and maintaining the axolotl in a laboratory environment. The book will serve as a useful reference for developmental biologists.

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"This is the first major work to document the history and research record of this important amphibian species....Will be of value primarily to biological scientists and graduate students concerned with tissue culture and developmental biology." --Choice "John Armstrong and George Malacinski have edited a fine book that compiles a cross section of developmental studies under way using the axolotl. They divide this book into three main parts: (1) natural history of the axolotl, (2) developmental studies using the axolotil, and (3) general and specific bits of information needed to rear and experiment with axolotls . . . . The articles are arranged in developmental order starting with gametogenesis and ending with an article on metamorphosis. In general, the papers are clear and concise, and as a result they are informative to both the generalist and specialist . . . . This book could be used both as an advanced undergraduate reference for general development and as a laboratory source for axolotl maintenance." --The Quarterly Review of Biology "The general level of contributions is high, there is an extensive list of full references and a good index. Altogether, this is an attractive book and a worthy tribute to a fascinating and delightful creature." --The Biologist "Everything you wanted to know about axolotls but were afraid to ask is included in this lucid and detailed account of their history and developmental and experimental biology . . . . an essential reference book." --Cell "The final chapter on diagnosis and treatment of diseases simply must be read by anyone who has, or intends to have, an axolotl colony. The chapters are concisely written and consistent in style. They are thoroughly referenced and the citations are collected at the end of the book. It is unlikely that a similar collection of axolotl-specific literature can be found elsewhere in the world...and the references alone are worth the price of the book. I wish I could have read this book 17 years ago when I first began my studies with axolotls." --American Zoologist

PART I: Scientific and Natural History 1: H. Smith: Discovery of the Axolotl and its Early History in Biological Research 2: R. Brandon: Natural History of the Axolotl and its Relationship to Other Ambystomatid Salamanders PART II: Developmental Biology 3: J.-C. Beetschen: Oogenesis 4: J. Armstrong: Spermatogenesis 5: J. Signoret: Regulation of Gene Expression During Early Development 6: J. Slack: Regional Specification in Early Development 7: R. Gordon and W. Brodland: Neurulation 8: J. Armstrong: Morphogenetic Waves During Elongation 9: J. Lofberg et al.: Neural Crest Cell Migration 10: G. Malacinski: Developmental Genetics 11: A. Neff: Cell Lethal Genes 12: S. Frost: Pigmentation and Color Variants 13: R. Cuny and G. Malacinski: The Gene E (Eyeless) 14: K. Muneoka et al.: Growth Control in Limb Regeneration 15: W. Harris: Neurobiology 16: P. Model: The Amazing Mauthner Cell 17: M. Lannoo and S. Smith: The Lateral Line System 18: E.R. Kuhn and G.F.M.Jacobs: Metamorphosis PART III: Practical Information on Working with Axolotls 19: N.P. Borkzilovskaya et al.: Developmental Stage Series of Axolotl Embryos 20: J. Armstrong et al: Raising the Axolotl in Captivity 21: J. Armstrong and S. Duhon: Induced Spawnings, Artificial Insemination and Other Genetic Manipulations 22: J. Armstrong and K. Muneoka: Genetic Markers and Their Use with Chimeras 23: S. Frost et al.: Primary and Long-Term Culture of Axolotl Cells 24: G. Malacinski et al.: Surgical Manipulation of Embryos 25: S. Duhon: Diseases PART IV: Appendix. Directory of Axolotl ColoniesG. Malacinski and D. Able:

ISBN: 9780195050738
ISBN-10: 0195050738
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th January 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 15.88  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.83