Under normal nutritional conditions egg chambers from flies expressing sharkJF01794
under the control of Scer\GAL4GR1
develop normally through mid-oogenesis. However, when degenerating egg chambers are induced by starvation the mutant flies show significant defects in the normal engulfment of dying germline cells. Unlike in wild type, the follicle cells fail to enlarge as nurse cell chromatin condenses and minimal uptake of nuclear fragments is seen. As egg chamber death progresses, the follicle cells die without clearing most of the nurse cell debris.