Pigment cell development in teleosts

Hisashi Hashimoto, Makoto Goda, Robert N. Kelsh

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Fish generate their strikingly diverse body colouration with multiple pigment cell-types expressing different colours, in many species organized in complex and often beautiful patterns. Multiple pigment cell-types are derived from a transient embryonic tissue, the neural crest. Increasing genetic evidence suggests how the stem cell gives rise to the repertoire of pigment cell-types during development. Many genes encoding transcription factors and signaling molecules have been identified as key players regulating cell fate, proliferation and differentiation.

This chapter focuses on the genetic control of pigment cell development to generate melanophores, iridophores and xanthophores in zebrafish and also leucophores in medaka.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPigments, Pigment Cells and Pigment Patterns
EditorsHisashi Hashimoto, Makoto Goda, Ryo Futuhashi, Robert N. Kelsh
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-1490-3
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-1489-7, 978-981-16-1492-7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021


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