Isolation and characterization of temperature-sensitivelethal(2)giant larva alleles

II. Temperature-sensitive expression of the imaginal disc neoplasm
  • William P. Hanratty


In this paper we present an analysis of the behavior ofl(2)gltsimaginal wing discs during culture in adult hosts. Thel(2)gltslarvae reared at 29° C contain two types of wing discs, those that are morphologically normal and those that are abnormal. When discs of both types are cultured in adult hosts at 29° C, the restrictive temperature, they give rise to transplantable neoplastic tissue. However, when the 29° C reared discs are cultured at 15° C, the permissive temperature, the morphologically normal discs maintain their morphology, but the morphologically abnormal discs give rise to neoplasms. Thel(2)gltslarvae reared at 15° C contain only morphologically normal discs. When these discs are cultured in adult hosts at 29° C they give rise to neoplasms, however if the discs are cultured at 15° C they maintain their normal morphology. These results demonstrate: (1) that all wing imaginal discs obtained from 29° C rearedl(2)gltslarvae are competent to undergo neoplastic development, (2) the morphologically abnormal discs obtained from the 29° C rearedl(2)gltslarvae are committed to neoplastic development, (3) the neoplastic development of the morphologically normal discs is temperature dependent, (4) once the neoplastic development of thel(2)gltsdiscs has been initiated the process is not readily reversible. In addition, the ability ofl(2)gltswing discs to perform epimorphic regulation was tested by amputating morphologically normal permissively rearedl(2)gltswing discs and culturing both fragiments at the permissive temperature. Fragments of control wild-type discs maintained their morphology during culture at the permissive temperature. However, both fragments of txel(2)gltsdiscs became neoplastic. This result is discussed with respect to a possible role for thel(2)gl+function in epimorphic regulation and with respect to the phenomena of tumor promotion in vertebrates.

Key words

Drosophila Neoplasms Promotion Regeneration Temperature-sensitive Imaginal discs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William P. Hanratty
    • 1
  1. 1.Developmental Biology CenterUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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