Cranial placodes: Models for exploring the multi-facets of cell adhesion in epithelial rearrangement, collective migration and neuronal movements

M.A. Breau , S. Schneider-Maunoury

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Dev. Biol., 401, 1, SI
Published 01 May 2015
DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2014.12.012
ISSN: 0012-1606


Key to morphogenesis is the orchestration of cell movements in the embryo, which requires fine-tuned adhesive interactions between cells and their close environment. The neural crest paradigm has provided important insights into how adhesion dynamics control epithelium-to-mesenchyme transition and mesenchymal cell migration. Much less is known about cranial placodes, patches of ectodermal cells that generate essential parts of vertebrate sensory organs and ganglia. In this review, we summarise the known functions of adhesion molecules in cranial placode morphogenesis, and discuss potential novel implications of adhesive interactions in this crucial developmental process. The great repertoire of placodal cell behaviours offers new avenues for exploring the multiple roles of adhesion complexes in epithelial remodelling, collective migration and neuronal movements. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.