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, Volume 204, Issue 1, pp 54–61 | Cite as

BrdU incorporation reveals DNA replication in non dividing glial cells in the larval abdominal CNS ofDrosophila

  • Andreas Prokop
  • Gerhard Martin Technau
Original Article


Glial cells are of significant importance for central nervous system development and function. In insects, knowledge of the types and development of CNS glia is rather low. This is especially true for postembryonic glial development. Using bromodeoxyuridine incorporation and enhancer trap lines we identified a reproducible spatial and temporal pattern of DNA replicating cells in the abdominal larval CNS (A3-7 neuromeres) ofDrosophila melanogaster. These cells correspond to embryonically established glial cells in that region. Except for a specific subfraction, these cells apparently do not divide during larval life. Similar patterns were found in two otherDrosophila species,D. virilis andD. hydei.

Key words

CNS Glia Drosophila BrdU 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Prokop
    • 1
  • Gerhard Martin Technau
    • 1
  1. 1.ZellbiologieInstitut für GenetikMainzGermany

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