Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 296, Issue 1, pp 151–160 | Cite as

Determination and development of the larval muscle pattern in Drosophila melanogaster

  • A. Paululat
  • Sebastian Breuer
  • Renate Renkawitz-Pohl
INVITED ARTICLE

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 Myogenesis Muscle development Asymmetric cell division Numb Inscuteable Muscle progenitors 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Paululat
    • 1
  • Sebastian Breuer
    • 1
  • Renate Renkawitz-Pohl
    • 1
  1. 1.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 281538DE

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