The Control of Growth in the Imaginal Discs of Drosophila

  • Pat Simpson
  • Ginès Morata
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 16)


Very little is known about the way in which growth is monitored in developing animals. The control of growth and size, although an important subject, is poorly amenable to experimental analysis. Different aspects of this topic such as: the control of different events in the cell cycle (Hartwell, 1974), changes in the cell surface throughout development and the possible intermediary role of the cytoskeleton between cell surface receptors and the nucleus (Edelman, 1976; Nicholson, 1976) have been investigated. However, since cell-cell interactions are of prime importance throughout growth and many events must occur at the level of the entire cell population (Wigglesworth, 1959), one rather neglected aspect of the problem has been the study of the behavior of cell populations.


Imaginal Disc Wing Disc Compartment Boundary Cell Competition Entire Cell Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pat Simpson
    • 1
  • Ginès Morata
    • 2
  1. 1.Céntré de Genetique MoléculaireC.N.R.S.Gif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Centro de Biologia MolecularC.S.I.C. Universidad AutonómaMadrid, 34Spain

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