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Dev Growth Differ. 2009 Apr;51(3):145-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-169X.2009.01096.x.

Fate map of the chick embryo neural tube.

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Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernandez-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Av. Ramon y Cajal s/n, San Juan de Alicante, 03550, Spain.


Fate-map studies have provided important information in relation to the regional topology of brain areas in different vertebrate species. Moreover, these studies have demonstrated that the distribution of presumptive territories in neural plate and neural tube are highly conserved in vertebrates. The aim of this review is to re-examine and correlate the distribution of presumptive neuroepithelial domains in the chick neural tube with molecular information and discuss recent data. First, we review descriptive fate map studies of neural plate in different vertebrate species that have been studied using diverse fate-mapping methods. Then, we summarize the available data on the localization of neuroepithelial progenitors for the brain subregions in the chick neural tube at stage HH10-11, the most used stage for experimental embryology. This analysis is mainly focused on experimental fate mapping results using quail-chick chimeras.

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