|Citation||Usui-Ishihara, A., Simpson, P. (2005). Differences in sensory projections between macro- and microchaetes in Drosophilid flies. Dev. Biol. 277(1): 170--183. (Export to RIS)|
|Publication Type||Research paper|
|PubMed Abstract||From examination of the central axonal projections of sensory bristles on the notum of several species of Drosophilidae, we demonstrate different features that may indicate different functions for macro- and microchaetes. The large macrochaetes have conserved arborizations that correlate with their conserved position. Nevertheless, we find evidence for only two discrete projection patterns for bristles in the dorsocentral (DC) row, even when there may be four or five bristles present. We show that the small microchaetes of Drosophila melanogaster display regional specificity and subsets of contiguous bristles project to a common region in the thoracic ganglion. Interestingly, the axons of each of these subsets also form a specific fasciculation group on the scutum before joining the axon of a particular macrochaete. The positions of microchaetes on the scutum and the shape of the fasciculation groups vary between closely related species. There is no correlation between body size, bristle patterns, and fasciculation patterns. Furthermore, none of these traits correlate with the phylogenetic relationships between the species studied. We discuss the possibility that macro- and microchaetes may have different functions and that these have implications for evolutionary constraints on bristle patterns.|
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