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Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology

Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: Dictyostelium discoideum

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  • Pauline Schaap

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Original languageEnglish
Pages387-396
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopment
Journal publication date1 Feb 2011
Volume138
Issue3
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StatePublished

Abstract

Dictyostelium discoideum belongs to a group of multicellular life forms that can also exist for long periods as single cells. This ability to shift between uni- and multicellularity makes the group ideal for studying the genetic changes that occurred at the crossroads between uni- and multicellular life. In this Primer, I discuss the mechanisms that control multicellular development in Dictyostelium discoideum and reconstruct how some of these mechanisms evolved from a stress response in the unicellular ancestor.

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