Roux's archives of developmental biology

, Volume 196, Issue 4, pp 243–247 | Cite as

Haemocytes accumulate collagen transcripts during Drosophila melanogaster metamorphosis

  • Bernard Knibiehler
  • Christian Mirre
  • Jean -Pierre Cecchini
  • Yannick Le Parco


We report a direct examination of the expression of one collagen gene (DCg1) during Drosophila melanogaster metamorphosis, based on data from in situ hybridization. The transcripts of this gene, thought to encode a basement membrane type IV collagen, are mainly accumulated during ecdysis in wandering haemocytes. Our results demonstrate that haemocytes contribute to extracellular matrix deposition and seem to perform a fibroblastic function during Drosophila development.

Key words

Drosophila Collagen Haemocytes Basement membranes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Knibiehler
    • 1
  • Christian Mirre
    • 1
  • Jean -Pierre Cecchini
    • 1
  • Yannick Le Parco
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculté des Sciences de LuminyLaboratoire de Biologie de la Différenciation CellulaireMarseille Cedex 9France

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