Waves in Fertilization, Cell Division and Embryogenesis

  in Special Issue   Posted on April 28, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Thu 12 Mar 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 1.652
Journal Name : BioSystems
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Website for the Special Issue: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/biosystems/call-for-papers/waves-in-fertilization-cell-division-and-embryogenesis
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/biosystems

Special Issue Call for Papers:

The life cycle of eukaryotes involves an alternation of haploid and diploid stages. In multicellular eukaryotes discoveries of activation waves, mitotic waves, imaginal disc furrows, calcium waves and differentiation waves suggest that more is going on than differential gene expression as an organism starts from the one-cell zygote through cell division, embryogenesis and maturity. While the bottom up approach of molecular developmental biology has yielded a richness of biochemical mechanisms, it has not shown how these are organized in space and time. Research on these various waves, which may share underlying common mechanisms, points a way to bridging the gap between the molecular level and the whole organism.

The fundamental act in the fertilization process of all animal species involves the interaction of the spermatozoon with the egg cortex, resulting in various waves that propagate along the cortex. Depending on the species, the activated spermatozoon has the ability to fertilize the oocytes before, during, or after the meiotic maturation process, indicating that the fertilizable conditions are correlated with the structural organization of the egg cortex at the time of fertilization, and to the changes at the egg surface following monospermic egg activation. Upon insemination the fertilized zygote undergoes cleavage by the process of cell division to develop into an adult organism, which are initially organized as cleavage waves that traverse the embryo. Differentiation waves may be responsible for determining the fate of each cell.

New research or reviews on any of the aspects of waves in development are welcome.

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. BioSystems reserves

the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is December 31, 2020 with publication in the early 2021.

Guide for author page: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/biosystems/0303-2647/guide-for-authors

The submission link: https://www.editorialmanager.com/BIOSYS/default.aspx

Upon manuscript submission choose the type of paper “VSI: Differentiation waves” and indicate in the cover letter that your manuscript is prepared for the special issue on Waves in Fertilization, Cell Division and Embryogenesis.

Authors interested in participating in this special issue are requested to provide a tentative title and authorship to the guest editors before September 30, 2020. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed following standard BioSystems journal procedures. All communications on manuscript submission and peer reviewing will be managed within the Elsevier Editorial Manager System.

Please direct questions to the Special Issue editors or to Editor-in-Chief.
Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Zhan Chen, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, USA

Email: zchen@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. Luigia Santella, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy

Email: santella@szn.it

Dr. Jack A. Tuszynski, Department of Oncology and Department of Physics

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Email: Jack.Tuszynski@gmail.com

Dr. Richard Gordon, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Panacea, Florida USA and Wayne State University

Detroit Michigan USA

Email: DickGordonCan@gmail.com


Dr. Abir U. Igamberdiev, Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Canada.

Email: igamberdiev@mun.ca

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