1st Edition

Origin and Evolution of Metazoan Cell Types

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ISBN 9781138032699
May 24, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
208 Pages 24 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The evolution of animal diversity is strongly affected by the origin of novel cell and tissue types and their interactions with each other. Understanding the evolution of cell types will shed light on the evolution of novel structures, and in turn highlight how animals diversified. Several cell types may also have been lost as animals simplified – for example did sponges have nerves and lose them? This book reveals the interplay between gains and losses and provides readers with a better grasp of the evolutionary history of cell types. In addition, the book illustrates how new cell types allow a better understanding permitting the discrimination between convergence and homology.

Table of Contents

Preface: Hejnol and Leys


Chapter 1: What is a cell type?

Alessandro Minelli

Department of Biology, University of Padova


Chapter 2: The protistan origins of animal cell differentiation

Sebastián R. Najle1,* and Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo1,2,3

1Institut de Biología Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49, 08003 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

2Departament de Genètica, Microbiologia i Estadística, Universitat de Barcelona, Avinguda Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

3ICREA, Passeig Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

*Currently at Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Barcelona, Spain

Chapter 3: Convergent evolution of animal-like organelles across the tree of eukaryotes

Greg S. Gavelis1,2, Gillian H. Gile2 and Brian S. Leander1

1 Departments of Botany and Zoology, Biodiversity Research Centre and Museum,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4, Canada

2 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 85287, USA

Chapter 4: Evolution of the animal germline: insights from animal lineages with remarkable regenerating capabilities

Ana Riesgo1 * and Jordi Solana2

1 Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum of London, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK

2 Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford OX3 0BO, UK

Chapter 5: Origin and Evolution of Epithelial Cell Types

Emmanuelle Renard 1,2, André Le Bivic 1, Carole Borchiellini 2

1Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Institute of Developmental Biology of Marseille (IBDM), case 907, 13288, Marseille cedex 09, France

2 Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, IRD, IMBE UMR 7263, Avignon Université, Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, France

Chapter 6: Evolution of the sensory/neural cell type

Sally P Leys1, Jasmine L Mah2, Emma KJ Esposito1

1Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2E9 Canada

2Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, CT, 06511 USA

Chapter 7: Cell types, morphology and evolution of animal excretory organs

Andrikou C, Gąsiorowski L, Andreas Hejnol

University of Bergen, Department of Biological Sciences, Thormøhlensgate 55, 5006 Bergen, Norway

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Sally Leys is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at the Department of Biology, University of Alberta in Edmonton. She has authored or co-authored dozens of peer reviewed scientific journal articles. Her lab studies sponges to understand how key features of animal body plans — including polarity, gastrulation and tissues, the germ lineage, nerves and muscle — may have arisen during evolution. This work takes a whole organism approach, from ecology to physiology and molecular biology. In the lab they use a practical and tractable model system, sponges hatched from gemmules, with which they can look for genes expressed, manipulate phenotype, and study behaviour and signalling in the petri dish.

Andreas Hejnol is the Research Group Leader for "Comparative Developmental Biology of Animals" at Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology at the University of Bergen in Norway. He has also authored or co-authored dozens of peer reviewed scientific journal articles. His group studies a broad range of animal taxa using morphological and molecular tools to unravel the evolution and development of animal organ systems. Besides established morphological methods like confocal microscopy they use 3D timelapse microscopy (4D-microscopy) and single blastomere injections of cell tracers to study the cell lineage of embryos of mainly marine invertebrates. Molecular approaches used in his lab include the study of gene expression patterns and experimental methods to unravel the genetic framework underlying the formation of different organ systems, such as the CNS, the alimentary canal and other organs. Large scale sequencing approaches are used for gene discovery and are also used for the phylogenetic placement of the specific species. Research focuses on the description of the development regarding cell lineage and gene expression includes understudied taxa such as local bryozoans, brachiopods, nematomorphs, aplacophoran molluscs, platyhelminthes, priapulids, polyclad flatworms etc. Molecular functional approaches are used to study the development of acoels, rotifers and gastrotrichs. Further collaborative approaches address the use phylogenomics to resolve metazoan phylogeny.