Somitogenesis and axial development in reptiles

Cindy Xu, Mariana B. Grizante, Kenro Kusumi

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Among amniote vertebrates, reptiles display the greatest variation in axial skeleton morphology. Only recently have they been used in gene expression studies of somitogenesis, challenging previous assumptions about the segmentation clock and axial patterning. An increasing number of reptile genomes and transcriptomes are becoming available as next-generation sequencing becomes more affordable. Information regarding gene sequence and structure can be used to design and synthesize labeled riboprobes by in vitro transcription for gene expression analysis by in situ hybridization, thus, enabling the characterization of spatial and temporal expression patterns of genes involved in somitogenesis, a topic of great interest within evolutionary developmental studies of vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Axial skeleton
  • Development
  • In situ hybridization
  • In vitro transcription
  • Reptile
  • Ribs
  • Somitogenesis
  • Vertebra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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