ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-200108-1
NetLogo agent-based models as tools for understanding the self-organization of cell fate, morphogenesis and collective migration of the zebrafish posterior Lateral Line primordium
Dalle Nogare, D., Chitnis, A.B.
Date: 2019
Source: Seminars in cell & developmental biology   100: 186-198 (Review)
Registered Authors: Chitnis, Ajay
Keywords: Agent-based models, Lateral line primordium, Local Activation Long-range Inhibition, NetLogo, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cell Movement*
  • Lateral Line System/cytology*
  • Lateral Line System/embryology*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Morphogenesis*
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
PubMed: 31901312 Full text @ Sem. Cell Dev. Biol.
Interactions between primordium cells and their environment determines the self-organization of the zebrafish posterior Lateral Line primordium as it migrates under the skin from the ear to the tip of the tail forming and depositing neuromasts to spearhead formation of the posterior Lateral Line sensory system. In this review we describe how the NetLogo agent-based programming environment has been used in our lab to visualize and explore how self-generated chemokine gradients determine collective migration, how the dynamics of Wnt signaling can be used to predict patterns of neuromast deposition, and how previously defined interactions between Wnt and Fgf signaling systems have the potential to determine the periodic formation of center-biased Fgf signaling centers in the wake of a shrinking Wnt system. We also describe how NetLogo was used as a database for storing and visualizing the results of in toto lineage analysis of all cells in the migrating primordium. Together, the models illustrate how this programming environment can be used in diverse ways to integrate what has been learnt from biological experiments about the nature of interactions between cells and their environment, and explore how these interactions could potentially determine emergent patterns of cell fate specification, morphogenesis and collective migration of the zebrafish posterior Lateral Line primordium.