|Citation||Hebbar, S., Fernandes, J.J. (2004). Pruning of motor neuron branches establishes the DLM innervation pattern in Drosophila. J. Neurobiol. 60(4): 499--516. (Export to RIS)|
|Publication Type||Research paper|
|PubMed Abstract||During the Drosophila life-cycle two sets of neuromuscular junctions are generated: the embryonic/larval NMJs develop during the first half, followed by the period of metamorphosis during which the adult counterpart is generated. Development of the adult innervation pattern is preceded by a withdrawal of larval NMJs, which occurs at the onset of metamorphosis, and is followed by adult-specific motor neuron outgrowth to innervate the newly developing adult fibers. Establishment of the adult innervation pattern occurs in the context of a broader restructuring of the nervous system, which results in the development of neural circuits that are necessary to carry out behaviors specific to the adult. In this article, we follow development of the dorsal longitudinal muscle (DLM) innervation pattern through metamorphosis. We find that the initial period of motor neuron elaboration is followed by a phase of extensive pruning resulting in a threefold reduction of neuromuscular contacts. This event establishes the adult pattern of second order branching. Subsequent higher order branching from the second order "contact" points generates the characteristic multiterminal innervation pattern of the DLMs. Boutons begin to appear after the pruning phase, and are much smaller than their larval counterparts. Additionally, we demonstrate that the DLM innervation is altered in the hyperexcitable double mutant, ether a go-go Shaker, and that the phenotype is suppressed by the hypoexcitable mutant, nap(ts1). Our results demonstrate that electrical activity regulates the patterning of DLM innervation during metamorphosis.|
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|Language of Publication||English|
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