morphogen


morphogen
Diffusible substance that carries information relating, for example, to position in the embryo, and thus determines the differentiation that cells perceiving this information will undergo.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • morphogen — [môr′fə jən] n. a chemical substance that regulates morphogenesis * * * mor·pho·gen (môrʹfō jĕn ) n. Any of various chemicals in embryonic tissue that influence the movement and organization of cells during morphogenesis by forming a… …   Universalium

  • morphogen — [môr′fə jən] n. a chemical substance that regulates morphogenesis …   English World dictionary

  • Morphogen — A morphogen is a substance governing the pattern of tissue development, and the positions of the various specialized cell types within a tissue. It spreads from a localized source and forms a concentration gradient across a developing… …   Wikipedia

  • Morphogen — Als Morphogene werden Signalmoleküle bezeichnet, welche die Musterbildung (Morphogenese) während der Entwicklung von vielzelligen Lebewesen steuern. Morphogene liegen in einem Gewebe nicht gleichmäßig verteilt, sondern in unterschiedlichen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • morphogen — noun Date: 1950 a diffusible chemical substance that exerts control over morphogenesis especially by forming a gradient in concentration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • morphogen — noun Any substance that governs the movement and development of cells during morphogenesis by forming a concentration gradient in the developing tissue. See Also: morphogenic …   Wiktionary

  • Morphogen — Mor|pho|gen [↑ morpho u. ↑ gen], das; s, e: Sammelbez. für körpereigene Substanzen, die als Botenstoffe die Morphogenese (individuelle Gestaltbildung) beeinflussen, z. B. Retinoesäure …   Universal-Lexikon

  • morphogen — mor·pho·gen mȯr fə jən, .jen n a diffusible chemical substance that exerts control over morphogenesis esp. by forming a gradient in concentration * * * mor·pho·gen (morґfo jən) a substance in embryonic tissue that forms a concentration… …   Medical dictionary

  • morphogen — mor|pho|gen <zu ↑morpho... u. ↑...gen> gestaltgebend …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • morphogen — n. (Chemistry) chemical agent that forms a gradient in concentration and exercises control over morphogenesis …   English contemporary dictionary


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