Special Issue "Development of the Skin in Vertebrates"
A special issue of Journal of Developmental Biology (ISSN 2221-3759).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2023) | Viewed by 12060
Interests: skin development in all vertebrates, especially reptiles AND nervous; organ regeneration in vertebrates, especially reptiles and amphibians
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The integument of vertebrates is a complex and large organ positioned at the interface with the environment, be that aquatic or terrestrial. Specific characteristics have evolved from piscine to land vertebrates in the epidermis and dermis. During development, a series of successive transformations of the epidermis and dermis have occurred in different vertebrates, in particular, during the transition from water to land. In fish, and most amphibians, keratinization is the prevalent form of the terminal differentiation of keratinocytes, whereas a variable process of cornification takes place in amniotes; this varies in intensity in different integument appendages, such as scales, feathers, hair, claws, horns, etc. Additionally, specific receptors are differentiated in the skin of anamniotes (fish and amphibians) and amniotes (sauropsids and mammals). In the dermis and hypodermis of different vertebrates, a variable collection of fibroblasts, chromatophores, immune cells and other cell types accumulate, allowing for specific functions.
The Journal of Developmental Biology invites researchers working in the field of the developmental biology of the skin of anamniotes and amniotes to contribute articles in order to form an updated collection of information that describes the development and transformation of the integument of vertebrates in relation to their environment and lifestyle. This Special Issue, after some historical and general considerations on the “comparative dermatology of vertebrates”, introduces papers illustrating the development and general structure of the skin of fish, amphibians, and various amniotes.
Dr. Lorenzo Alibardi
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