ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 127. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006. Original Russian Text © L.V. Beloussov, 2006, published in Ontogenez, 2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 157. BOOK REVIEW G.A. Savost’yanov, “Foundations of Structural Histology. Spatial Organization of Epithelia,” St. Petersburg: Nauka, 2005 DOI: 10.1134/S1062360406020111 The belief has recently been grown that for solving (“periodical system”) of histions for two- and three- fundamental problems of cell and developmental biol- dimensional tissues in comparison with the facts and ogy it is not necessary to split the object under study recommendations are given for computer simulation of into smallest structural units. On the contrary, the fac- tissue structures. Changes in the structure of histions, tors decisive for development and cell differentiation including the “phase transitions,” during development may be related to a great extent to relatively high levels and in cases of pathologies have been described in of organization. The book by G.A Savost’yanov is detail. The author gives also his original views on fac- interesting in that the author draws our attention to one tors of formation of the histions during evolution. These of such half-forgotten levels located in an interval statements may be a subject of discussion. between the levels of multicellular tissue and individual But in any case, the book by G.A. Savost’yanov is cells. Here, we are dealing with geometrical and topo- valuable by the abundance of facts and their careful logical patterns of mutual arrangement of the cells, pre- geometrotopological analysis. It can be of interest to a dominantly, in the epithelial layers. The author devel- wide circle of histologists, cytologists, and develop- ops a module concept of organization of the multicellu- mental biologists and can also be used for teaching. lar layers and proposes an idea of elementary cells groups, which he calls histions and which represent an “independent and so far overlooked level of biological organization” (p. 6). L.V. Beloussov The author’s approach is related to the crystallo- Moscow State University graphic approach. The book provides a classiﬁcation E-mail: email@example.com
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