morphogen


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mor·pho·gen

 (môr′fō-jĕn′)
n.
Any of various chemicals in embryonic tissue that influence the movement and organization of cells during morphogenesis by forming a concentration gradient.
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morphogen

(ˈmɔːfəʊdʒən)
n
(Biology) a chemical found in tissue that influences cell development during morphogenesis by forming a concentration gradient
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But in a developing embryo, stem cells receive a highly dynamic range of morphogen concentrations from so-called "signaling centers."
Effects of morphogen and scaffold porogen on the differentiation of dental pulp stem cells.
SHH, a morphogen that plays a role in the reproduction, position, and organization of cells within developing tissue during the embryonic stage, is linked to Type 3 HPE (MIM: 142945), and the PTCH1 gene that encodes the receptors for SHH is linked to Type 7 HPE (MIM: 610828) (8, 9).
Quijano et al., "Fat facets deubiquitylation of Medea/Smad4 modulates interpretation of a Dpp morphogen gradient," Development, vol.
Kealey, "The role of IGF-I in human skin and its appendages: morphogen as well as mitogen?," The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol.