Embryology Biology 441 Spring 2014 Albert Harris
Friday, February 7, 2014: Endoderm and digestive tract
The most anterior end of the digestive tract is formed by an infolding of the ectoderm called the stomodeum.
The outer layer of teeth (Ameloblasts --> Enamel)
dentin and enamel
section of a molar
Second Pharyngeal Pouch --> Tonsils
Third Pharyngeal Pouch --> Thymus and Parathyroid Gland
Fourth Pharyngeal Pouch --> Thymus and Parathyroid Gland
Palatal shelves (which are only in mammals, not birds, not reptiles, not amphibia or fish)
One of the 3 pairs of salivary glands and the anterior pituitary gland are stomodeal ectoderm.
The rest of the digestive tract develops from endoderm.
The boundary between stomodeum and endoderm is in the back of the throat.
But a rare birth defect occurs in which the throat is blocked by the "Oro-pharyngeal Membrane" (which results from the endoderm and stomodeum not breaking through, and not creating an opening.
What organs develop from the endoderm? (cells that line the archenteron)
Two of the three pairs of Salivary Glands,
the Thyroid Gland,
the Bladder and Rectum form as outfoldings of the endodermal tube.
but only mammals separate the rectum from the bladder:
Birds, reptiles, amphibians, and all kinds of fish have a cloaca (Latin word for "sewer") into which both the intestine and the Wolffian Duct connect)
(Only) In Mammals (but not in birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) the cloaca becomes separated into
the dorsal Rectum
the ventral Bladder
But mammal embryos have a cloaca, before this separation occurs.
(Notice the coincidental analogy of the separation of the oral and nasal cavities by the palate)
One concluding fact:
Amphibians develop the anus from the blastopore (or at least a re-opened hole near where the blastopore was).
Reptiles, birds and mammal embryos don't have blastopores, and the rear end of our digestive tract develops from an infolding called the proctodeum, (which is analogous to the stomodeum.)
How fish create this opening, I don't know and would be grateful if someone finds out and tells me.
And a few more facts:
Many organs develop by active folding of epithelial cell sheets:
(Sample question for the next exam: list 5 organs with gland-like morphology that develop as out-pocketings of the walls of the endoderm)
Differentiation of each of these organs is stimulated by adjacent mesodermal mesenchyme;
* They won't develop if their mesenchyme is removed early in develop
* But they can develop of a millipore filter is inserted between the epithelium and the mesenchyme
* Sometimes lung epithelium can be induced to differentiate into pancreas, etc. or the reverse, by grafting mesenchyme from one part of the endoderm to another.
* If you see a book, article, or meeting about "Epithelio-Mesenchymal Interactions", it's these sorts of phenomena they will mostly be concerned with.
* The ectoderm also has several cases of epithelial structures induced by underlying mesenchyme
For example: Teeth other examples: Scales, Feathers, Hair
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