Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 296, Issue 1, pp 151–160

Determination and development of the larval muscle pattern in Drosophila melanogaster

Authors

  • A. Paululat
    • Fachbereich Biologie, Zoologie – Entwicklungsbiologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, D-35032 Marburg, Germany e-mail: paululat@mailer.uni–marburg.de; Tel.: +49 6421 286832; Fax: +49 6421 281538
  • Sebastian Breuer
    • Fachbereich Biologie, Zoologie – Entwicklungsbiologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, D-35032 Marburg, Germany e-mail: paululat@mailer.uni–marburg.de; Tel.: +49 6421 286832; Fax: +49 6421 281538
  • Renate Renkawitz-Pohl
    • Fachbereich Biologie, Zoologie – Entwicklungsbiologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, D-35032 Marburg, Germany e-mail: paululat@mailer.uni–marburg.de; Tel.: +49 6421 286832; Fax: +49 6421 281538
INVITED ARTICLE

DOI: 10.1007/s004410051276

Cite this article as:
Paululat, A., Breuer, S. & Renkawitz-Pohl, R. Cell Tissue Res (1999) 296: 151. doi:10.1007/s004410051276

Abstract

This review describes briefly what is known about the early steps of mesoderm differentiation in the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. After a summary of general aspects including mesoderm differentiation, mesoderm cell migration and subdivision of the mesoderm, more detail is given about the specification of muscle progenitor cells, due to their role as the earliest obvious landmarks in muscle fiber development in Drosophila. Particular focus is given to recent results on the role of asymmetric cell division in muscle differentiation. Furthermore a short summary of myoblast fusion is provided.

Key words MyogenesisMuscle developmentAsymmetric cell divisionNumbInscuteableMuscle progenitors

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