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D Brown


biotechnology
Den Danske Eksportskole
Bahrain

Biography

Amphibian Metamorphosis Metamorphosis in frogs and toads is a set of complex developmental programs controlled by thyroid hormone (TH). The pervasive and dramatic changes that occur as a tadpole turns into a frog have captured the attention of life scientists from many disciplines. For evolutionary biologists, the extent to which related organisms incorporate metamorphosis in their life cycle is of paramount interest. For specialists who study cell death, a burgeoning field of research interest, apoptosis is a major event in metamorphosis. TH can induce it in many tissues, even in whole organs. For endocrinologists, TH-induced metamorphosis is a model for the general problem of the molecular basis of TH action and the interaction of the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the thyroid glands. However, the emphasis in our laboratory is the use of amphibian metamorphosis to study complex developmental programs such as vertebrate organogenesis, which can be initiated by the simple addition of TH to the tadpole's rearing water. 

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Amphibian Metamorphosis Metamorphosis in frogs and toads is a set of complex developmental programs controlled by thyroid hormone (TH). The pervasive and dramatic changes that occur as a tadpole turns into a frog have captured the attention of life scientists from many disciplines. For evolutionary biologists, the extent to which related organisms incorporate metamorphosis in their life cycle is of paramount interest. For specialists who study cell death, a burgeoning field of research interest, apoptosis is a major event in metamorphosis. TH can induce it in many tissues, even in whole organs. For endocrinologists, TH-induced metamorphosis is a model for the general problem of the molecular basis of TH action and the interaction of the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the thyroid glands. However, the emphasis in our laboratory is the use of amphibian metamorphosis to study complex developmental programs such as vertebrate organogenesis, which can be initiated by the simple addition of TH to the tadpole's rearing water. 

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