Special Reviews

Notch Signaling: Cell Fate Control and Signal Integration in Development

Science  30 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5415, pp. 770-776
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5415.770

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Abstract

Notch signaling defines an evolutionarily ancient cell interaction mechanism, which plays a fundamental role in metazoan development. Signals exchanged between neighboring cells through the Notch receptor can amplify and consolidate molecular differences, which eventually dictate cell fates. Thus, Notch signals control how cells respond to intrinsic or extrinsic developmental cues that are necessary to unfold specific developmental programs. Notch activity affects the implementation of differentiation, proliferation, and apoptotic programs, providing a general developmental tool to influence organ formation and morphogenesis.

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