Open Close
Reference
Citation
White, N.M., Jarman, A.P. (2000). Drosophila atonal controls photoreceptor R8-specific properties and modulates both receptor tyrosine kinase and hedgehog signalling.  Development 127(8): 1681--1689.
FlyBase ID
FBrf0127389
Publication Type
Research paper
Abstract

During Drosophila eye development, the proneural gene atonal specifies founding R8 photoreceptors of individual ommatidia, evenly spaced relative to one another in a pattern that prefigures ommatidial organisation in the mature compound eye. Beyond providing neural competence, however, it has remained unclear to what extent atonal controls specific R8 properties. We show here that reduced Atonal function gives rise to R8 photoreceptors that are functionally compromised: both recruitment and axon pathfinding defects are evident. Conversely, prolonged Atonal expression in R8 photoreceptors induces defects in inductive recruitment as a consequence of hyperactive EGFR signalling. Surprisingly, such prolonged expression also results in R8 pattern formation defects in a process associated with both Hedgehog and Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signalling. Our results strongly suggest that Atonal regulates signalling and other properties of R8 precursors.

PubMed ID
PubMed Central ID
DOI
Associated Information
Comments
Associated Files
Other Information
Secondary IDs
    Language of Publication
    English
    Additional Languages of Abstract
    Parent Publication
    Publication Type
    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Development
    Title
    Development
    Publication Year
    1987-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0950-1991
    Data From Reference
    Aberrations (1)
    Alleles (21)
    Genes (17)
    Insertions (4)
    Experimental Tools (1)
    Transgenic Constructs (4)