Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology

Asymmetric Cell Division

Editors: Macieira-Coelho, Alvaro (Ed.)

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  • This is the first book on the phenomenon of asymmetry in cell division in plants and animals
  • Explains the mechanism of asymmetry in a range of organisms
  • Shows how scientists have learned about asymmetry in cells of different types
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Cell biologists have recently become aware that the asymmetry of cell division is an important regulatory phenomenon in the fate of a cell. During development, cell diversity originates through asymmetry; in the adult organism asymmetric divisions regulate the stem cell reservoir and are a source of the drift that contributes to the aging of organisms with renewable cell compartments. Because of the concept of semi-conservative DNA synthesis, it was thought that the distribution of DNA between daughter cells was symmetric. The analysis of the phenomenon in cells during mitosis, however, revealed the asymmetry in the distribution of the genetic material that creates the drift contributing to aging of mammals. On the other hand, cancer cells can originate from a deregulation of asymmetry during mitosis in particular during stem cell expansion. The book describes the phenomenon in different organisms from plants to animals and addresses its implications for the development of the organism, cell differentiation, human aging and the biology of cancers.

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"Asymmetric cell division is a process whereby one cell generates two daughter cells that differ in size or developmental potential . … The book is targeted at scientists working in the field … . it would be appropriate for a biology department’s library. … Scientists or students, however, who work in this field and who have already read some of the mainstream review articles, might find this book a useful addition for understanding the less well-covered areas of asymmetric cell division research." (Juergen Knoblich, Development, Vol. 134 (24), 2007)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Asymmetric Cell Division in Plant Development

    Heidstra, Renze

    Pages 1-37

  • Asymmetric Cell Division – How Flowering Plant Cells Get Their Unique Identity

    Ranganath, R. M.

    Pages 39-60

  • Symmetry Breaking in Stem Cells of the Basal Metazoan Hydra

    Bosch, Thomas C. G.

    Pages 61-78

  • Asymmetric Cell Divisions in the Early Embryo of the Leech Helobdella robusta

    Weisblat, David A.

    Pages 79-95

  • Asymmetric Divisions of Germline Cells

    Fichelson, Pierre (et al.)

    Pages 97-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Asymmetric Cell Division
Editors
  • Alvaro Macieira-Coelho
Series Title
Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
Series Volume
45
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-69161-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-69161-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-69160-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-08865-0
Series ISSN
0079-6484
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 248
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