Immunofluorescence and Genetic Fluorescent Labeling Techniques in the Drosophila Nervous System

  • Mareike Selcho
  • Christian Wegener
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 101)


Immunofluorescence (IF ) and genetic fluorescent labeling have become standard techniques to study the anatomy, function, and development of the Drosophila nervous system . This chapter provides an introduction into these techniques and is aimed to the novice in the field. Besides standard protocols for staining in whole mounts and vibratome sections , we give background information on useful antibodies and fly lines and provide guidelines on how to present IF data. We also introduce into the use of neuronal landmarks as a tool for precise and detailed anatomical descriptions.

Key words

Antibodies Fluorescent proteins Neuroanatomy Brain Ventral ganglion Drosophila melanogaster Drosophila larva 



The authors are grateful for research funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft within the collaborative research center SFB1047-B2 “Insect timing” and Susanne Klühspies, Pamela Menegazzi, and Dirk Rieger for critical and helpful comments on the manuscript. CW thanks especially Manfred Eckert and Dick Nässel for introducing him into immuno- and genetic labeling. MS thanks Hiromu Tanimoto and Irina Sinakevitch for sharing and teaching their immunohistochemistry protocols and knowledge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurobiology and Genetics, Theodor-Boveri-Institute, BiocenterUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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