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Development. 2008 Feb;135(3):411-24. doi: 10.1242/dev.000505.

Wnt/Notch signalling and information processing during development.

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Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EH, UK.

Abstract

The Wnt and Notch signalling pathways represent two major channels of communication used by animal cells to control their identities and behaviour during development. A number of reports indicate that their activities are closely intertwined during embryonic development. Here, we review the evidence for this relationship and suggest that Wnt and Notch ('Wntch') signalling act as components of an integrated device that, rather than defining the fate of a cell, determines the probability that a cell will adopt that fate.

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18192283
DOI:
10.1242/dev.000505
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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