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Somitogenesis in Vertebrate Development

  1. Yoshiko Takahashi

Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003820



How to Cite

Takahashi, Y. 2005. Somitogenesis in Vertebrate Development. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2005


Somites are transient embryonic structures that undergo periodic segmentation and that form skeletal muscles, dermis and axial bones (vertebral column and ribs). Recent studies have revealed the molecular mechanisms underlying the specification and differentiation of the somitic cells as well as giving an understanding of how their segmental periodicity is generated.


  • lsegmentation;
  • vertebral column;
  • sclerotome;
  • dermomyotome;
  • hox