Vol. 53 Nos. 5/6 (2009) pp.649-882

Pattern Formation

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Peacock feathers are an example of one of the most extraordinary patterns in the biological world. They are often present in mythology, and have been a stimulus for Charles Darwin to develop the concept of sexual selection during evolution. The beautiful tail is produced by patterning processes at several levels. Each feather exhibits unique color patterns, by means of a combination of distinct pigment cell arrangement (chemical color) and organelle spacing (optical interference, physical color). At the feather tract level, each feather is well positioned and grows to a specific length. The eyespots are regularly spaced in the large plane of tail feathers, shining like hundreds of eyes. At a higher level, there are strikingly different plumages in different body regions. Finally, these showy feathers are sex hormone dependent. They are generated from modest brown feathers via molting row by row during puberty. The molecular mechanisms of these processes remain for us to decipher, and will work like a Rosetta Stone to reveal to us the fundamental principles of pattern formation. Caption and photo by Cheng-Ming Chuong. Los Angeles Arboretum, CA. USA.


Preface to Pattern Formation Special Issue
Cheng-Ming Chuong and Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 651-651


Pattern formation today
Cheng-Ming Chuong and Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 653-658


Diffusible gradients are out - an interview with Lewis Wolpert
Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 659-662
Limb pattern, physical mechanisms and morphological evolution - an interview with Stuart A. Newman
Cheng-Ming Chuong
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 663-671
Pattern formation mechanisms in reaction-diffusion systems
Vladimir K. Vanag and Irving R. Epstein
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 673-681
The emergence of patterning in life’s origin and evolution
Robert M. Hazen
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 683-692
Dynamical patterning modules: a "pattern language" for development and evolution of multicellular form
Stuart A. Newman and Ramray Bhat
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 693-705
Genomic control of patterning
Isabelle S. Peter and Eric H. Davidson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 707-716


The Hox Complex - an interview with Denis Duboule
Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 717-723
Molecular tools, classic questions - an interview with Clifford Tabin
Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 725-731
The sudden appearance of diverse animal body plans during the Cambrian explosion
Jun-Yuan Chen
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 733-751
The cooperative genome: organisms as social contracts
Kenneth M Weiss and Anne V Buchanan
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 753-763
The evolution and maintenance of Hox gene clusters in vertebrates and the teleost-specific genome duplication
Shigehiro Kuraku and Axel Meyer
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 765-773


Skin, cornea and stem cells - an interview with Danielle Dhouailly
Cheng-Ming Chuong
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 775-782
Waves and patterning in developmental biology: vertebrate segmentation and feather bud formation as case studies
Ruth E. Baker, Santiago Schnell and Philip K. Maini
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 783-794
Pattern formation in the Drosophila eye disc
Jean-Yves Roignant and Jessica E. Treisman
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 795-804
Generation of pattern and form in the developing limb
Matthew Towers and Cheryll Tickle
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 805-812
Reptile scale paradigm: Evo-Devo, pattern formation and regeneration
Cheng Chang, Ping Wu, Ruth E. Baker, Philip K. Maini, Lorenzo Alibardi and Cheng-Ming Chuong
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 813-826

Stem cells and regeneration

Regeneration and pattern formation - an interview with Susan Bryant
Michael K. Richardson and Cheng Ming Chuong
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 827-833
Zebrafish development and regeneration: new tools for biomedical research
Sebastiaan A. Brittijn, Suzanne J. Duivesteijn, Mounia Belmamoune, Laura F.M.Bertens, Wilbert Bitter, Joost D. de Bruijn, Danielle L. Champagne, Edwin Cuppen, Gert Flik, Christina M. Vandenbroucke-Grauls, Richard A.J. Janssen, Ilse M.L. de Jong, Edo Ronald de Kloet, Alexander Kros, Annemarie H. Meijer, Juriaan R. Metz, Astrid M. van der Sar, Marcel J.M. Schaaf, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Herman P. Spaink, Paul P. Tak, Fons J. Verbeek, Margriet J. Vervoordeldonk, Freek J. Vonk, Frans Witte, Huipin Yuan and Michael K. Richardson
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 835-850
How animals get their skin patterns: fish pigment pattern as a live Turing wave
Shigeru Kondo, Motoko Iwashita and Motoomi Yamaguchi
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 851-856
Analyses of regenerative wave patterns in adult hair follicle populations reveal macro-environmental regulation of stem cell activity
Maksim V. Plikus, Randall B. Widelitz, Rob Maxson and Cheng-Ming Chuong
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 857-868
Regenerative patterning in Swarm Robots: mutual benefits of research in robotics and stem cell biology
Michael Rubenstein, Ying Sai, Cheng-Ming Chuong and Wei-Min Shen
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2009) 53: 869-881

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