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Trends Genet. 2007 Aug;23(8):365-9. Epub 2007 May 23.

Heartening news for head muscle development.

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Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles - Luminy, Inserm Avenir Group, UMR 6216 CNRS-Université de la Méditerranée, Campus de Luminy Case 907, 13288 Marseilles Cedex 9, France.

Abstract

Branchiomeric craniofacial muscles differ from all other skeletal muscles with respect to embryological origin, motor innervation and upstream activators of myogenesis. A series of recent studies has revealed a striking juxtaposition and overlapping genetic program of craniofacial skeletal muscle progenitor cells with a population of cells giving rise to cardiac muscle. The divergent myogenic fates of adjacent progenitor cells revealed by these data provide a new framework for the study of craniofacial myogenesis.

PMID:
17524520
DOI:
10.1016/j.tig.2007.05.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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