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An antennal-specific role for bowl in repressing supernumerary appendage development in Drosophila

AuthorsBras-Pereira, Catarina ; Casares, Fernando
Antennal development
Proximo-distal axis
Issue Date10-Jul-2008
CitationMechanisms of Development 125(9-10): 809-821 (2008)
AbstractIn Drosophila, antennae and legs are serially homologous appendages, and yet they develop into organs of very different structure and function. This implies that different genetic mechanisms operate onto a common developmental ground state to produce antennae and legs. Still few such mechanisms have been uncovered. During leg development, bowl, a member of the odd-skipped gene family, has been shown to participate in the formation of the leg segmental joints. Here we report that, in the antennal disc, bowl has a dramatically different role: bowl is expressed in the ventral antennal disc to prevent inappropriate expression of wg early during development. The removal of bowl function leads to the activation of wg in the dpp-expressing domain. This ectopic expression of wg, together with dpp, results in a new proximo–distal axis that promotes non-autonomous antennal duplications. The role of bowl in suppressing a supernumerary PD axis is maintained even when the antennal disc is homeotically transformed into a leg-like appendage. Therefore, bowl is part of a genetic program that suppresses the formation of supernumerary appendages specifically in the fly’s head.
Description13 páginas, 7 figuras.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mod.2008.07.002
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