Molecular and cell isoforms during development

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Science  02 Sep 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4614, pp. 921-927
DOI: 10.1126/science.6348946


Development proceeds by way of a discrete yet overlapping series of biosynthetic and restructuring events that result in the continued molding of tissues and organs into highly restricted and specialized states required for adult function. Individual molecules and cells are replaced by molecular and cellular variants, called isoforms; these arise and function during embryonic development or later life. Isoforms, whether molecular or cellular, have been identified by their structural differences, which allow separation and characterization of each variant. These isoforms play a central and controlling role in the continued and dynamic remodeling that takes place during development. Descriptions of the individual phases of the orderly replacement of one isoform for another provides an experimental context in which the process of development can be better understood.