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the most sensitive period for inducing birth defects

weeks 3-8 during embryogenesis


fertilization activates....

cleavage divisions. The cell number increases but the size does not change due to the zona pellucida membrane


what is compaction and when does it occur?

segregates inner from outer cells.

from the 8 cell stage to the morula. the contacts expand and smooth over


follow progression to the blastocyst

zygote undergoes cleavage divisions up until 8 cells (blastomere)

8 cell blastomere undergoes compaction, which segregates inner from outer cells

compacted embryo divides to form 16 cell morula, and then undergoes cavitation - outer "trophoblast" cells secrete fluid into morula to create pocket called blastocoel

ICM positioned to one side of the ring of trophoblast cells

outer cells flatten to form a wall - embryo is now a blastocyst


ICM vs trophoblast cells

ICM - composed of pluripotent cells which will give rise to embyronic tissues

trophoblast cells will form extraembryonic tissues such as placenta


what happens when the blastocyst reaches the uterus?

it must hatch from zona pellucida (egg-cell ECM) so it can implant into the uterine wall.


how does the blastocyst implant into the uterus?

The uterine epithelium (endometrium) catches the trophoblast cells of the blastocyst on its ECM

L-selectins (carbohydrate binding proteins) on trophoblast cells interact with carbohydrate receptors on the endometrium.


when does implantation occur?

at the end of the first week


following implantation, what do the ICM and trophoblast do?

the trophoblast differentiates into two layers

1. the cytotrophoblast - inner layer or cells, involved in initial adherence to uterine tissue

2. syncytiotrophoblast digests uterine tissue, further moving the embryo into the uterine wall
ICM developes into the bilaminar germ disk of two layers
-hypoblast - inward cell layer, will form ventral side
-epiblast - outward, closer to trophoblast layer. will form dorsal side. Amniotic cavity forms within this layer.


when is implantation complete?

what does the trophoblast do at this point?

after day 9 - embyro is fully embedded and amniotic cavity expands

it invades maternal capillaries to establish extraembyronic tissues and uteroplacental circulation. trophoblastic lacuna vacuoles open within the syncytiotrophoblast and contact maternal capillaries. Proliferation of hypoblast cells gives rise to Heuser’s membrane (the membrane of the primary yolk sac). Cells farther outward (the extraembryonic mesoderm) surround the primary yolk sac. The extraembryonic mesoderm then splits into two layers, forming the chorionic cavity between them. Hypoblast cells within Heuser’s membrane move inward towards each other, pinching off segments of the yolk sac. What remains forms the definitive yolk sac. By the end of the second week the bilaminar embryonic disc with amnion and yolk sac is suspended in the chorionic cavity, connected to the extraembryonic mesoderm by the connecting stalk.


gastrulation. what and when?

third week of development, transforms the bilaminar desk into three germ layers (ecto, endo, meso)

begins with formation of primitive streak on epiblast surface. epiblast cells undergo ingression where they move towards the primitive streak - detatch from the epiblast - and either displace hypoblast to form endodoer, lie between the epiblast and newly formed endoderm to become mesoderm, or reaim in the epiblast to form the ectoderm.


What does the anterioir visceral endoderm (AVE) express?

expresses genes that direct head formation. These genes establish the anterior end of the embryo prior to gastrulation.



process of forming the neural tube from the neural plate - process by which the ectoderm gets divided\

1. neural plate formed and folded
2. neural crest elevated
3. neural folds converge
4. neural tube is closed by bringing the folds into contact with each other
5. neural crest cells migrate away to contribute to several tissues


the events of neurulation do what?

The events of neurulation divide the ectoderm into three major domains:
1) The internally positioned neural tube, which will form the brain and spinal cord
2) Externally positioned surface ectoderm that will primarily form skin (epidermis)
3) The neural crest cells that migrate to new locations to give rise to many cell types depending upon where they migrate to


what are teratogens?

are environmental factors that cause birth defects. The embryo is most susceptible to birth defects during embryogenesis (weeks three through eight of development), but no stage is unsusceptible to birth defects.


two infectious birth defects

Congenital rubella syndrome happens when an individual is exposed to rubella in utero. It can lead to several birth defects including deafness and congenital heart malformations.

Additionally, hyperthermia (due to many possible infections) can disrupt neurulation and result in neural tube defects.


pharmacological birth defect

In utero exposure to thalidomide (a morning sickness drug) leads to limb malformation via an unclear mechanism.


Alcoholic birth defects

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) refers to all alcohol-related birth defects. It is the leading cause of congenital mental retardation. It is unclear how much alcohol is required for onset of defects, but there is probably no safe level.



study of development between fertilization and birth


weeks 1-8 are known as

embryogenesis, when fetus is most susceptible to defects.


the embryonic period is followed by the

fetal period of continued differentiation and growth


describe the first week of development

ooctye fertilized, zygote undergoes cleavage divisions to form morula then blastocyst. by the end of the first week, blastocyst begins implantation into the uterine wall



segregates inner from outer, 3 days after fertilization the compacted embyro forms 16 cell morula


how does the blastocyst hatch from the zona pellucida?

trypsin like protease excreted from the trophoblast cell membrane


trophoblast cells express...

once in contact with endometrium..

integrins which interact and bind uterine collagen, fibronectin, and laminin.

trophoblast secretes proteases to digest ECM of uterine tissue enabling blastocyst to bury itself


second week of development leads to the

formation of the bilaminar germ disk.

week of twos
trophoblast gives rise to two tissues - epilblast and hypoblast forming the bilaminar disk
epiblast - dorsal, hypoblast - ventral

two yolk sacs (primary and secondary) form

two new cavities (amniotic and chorionic) form


how is uteroplacental circulation established?

vacuoles called trophoblastic lacunae open within the synctiotrophoblast and contact expanded maternal capillaries caleld "maternal sinusoids"


chorionic step villi

protrusions that grow into blood filled lacunae. by end of week 3, blood vessels develop in the villi that connect with the embyro


gastrulation begins with?

establishes what?

begins wtih formation of primitive streak on the epiblast surface. epiblast cells move towards primitive streak, detach from epiblast and move through streak, slip beneath and migrate away as individual cells (ingression)

establishes three germ layers
ecto, meso, endo


____________ is the source of all three germ layers of the trilaminar embryonic disk


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