Marín O, Valdeolmillos M, Moya F (2006) Neurons in motion: same principles for different shapes? Trends Neurosci 29: 655-61

The special conformation of the developing nervous system, in which progenitor zones are largely confined to the lumen of the neural tube, places neuronal migration as one of the most fundamental processes in brain development. Previous studies have shown that different neuronal types adopt distinct morphological modes of migration in the developing brain, indicating that neuronal migration might be a diverse process. Here, we review recent data on the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal migration that suggest that similar signaling principles are responsible for the frequently variable morphology of different types of migrating neuron. According to this idea, the same basic molecular mechanisms found in other cell types, such as fibroblasts, might have been adapted to the special morphological needs of migrating neurons in different regions of the developing brain.

Pubmed: 17046074