Neural Differentiation and Development—Series 2

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cells of the Nervous System".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 242

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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra dell’Ambiente e della Vita (DISTAV), Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa, Italy
Interests: developmental neurobiology; evolutionary biology; non-coding RNAs; neurodegenerative diseases; in vivo model organisms; natural killer cells and immune checkpoint
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Department of Experimental Medicine, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa, Italy
Interests: developmental neurobiology; evo–devo; invertebrate chordates; neurodevelopmental disorders; innate immunity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building of the nervous system requires an integrated series of developmental steps, starting with the specification of neural progenitors from a subset of ectodermal cells. The spatial arrangement of neural progenitors and their patterns of division and migration determine the architecture of the mature organ. Changes in the unfolding of these developmental events can produce variability for natural selection to act upon or cause a malfunction. Therefore, studying the mechanisms of neural development is not only intrinsically interesting, but also crucial for understanding animal evolution and the pathogenesis of many neural disorders.

This Special Issue will accept original articles, reviews, and state-of-art technical notes in the field of neural differentiation and developmental neurobiology. We will welcome studies that employ morphological, biophysical, cellular, molecular, pharmacological, or physiological methods to investigate the differentiation and maturation of neural cells during both normal development and regeneration or disease, as well as nervous system morphogenesis across the various branches of the animal tree. Manuscripts that focus on the neural development of non-conventional model species or apply a comparative approach to address the evolution of developmental processes will be particularly appreciated.

We look forward to your manuscript submissions.

Prof. Dr. Simona Candiani
Dr. Matteo Bozzo
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  • neural precursors
  • neurogenesis
  • gliogenesis
  • invertebrate nervous system
  • evolution of neurodevelopment

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