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Brain Development in Drosophila melanogaster

Volume 628 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 1-31

The Development of the Drosophila Larval Brain

  • Volker HartensteinAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • , Shana SpindlerAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • , Wayne PereanuAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • , Siaumin FungAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Abstract

In this chapter we will start out by describing in more detail the progenitors of the nervous system, the neuroblasts and ganglion mother cells. Subsequently we will survey the generic cell types that make up the developing Drosophila brain, namely neurons, glial cells and tracheal cells. Finally, we will attempt a synopsis of the neuronal connectivity of the larval brain that can be deduced from the analysis of neural lineages and their relationship to neuropile compartments.