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Control of growth and positional information by the graded vestigial expression pattern in the wing of Drosophila melanogaster

AuthorsBaena-López, L. A. ; García-Bellido, Antonio
KeywordsDrosophila melanogaster
Issue Date1-Sep-2006
PublisherNational Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
CitationPNAS 2006 vol. 103 no. 37 13734-13739
AbstractThe size and shape of organs depend on cellular processes such as cell proliferation, cell survival, and spatial arrangement of cells. In turn, all of these processes are a consequence of positional identity of individual cells in whole organs. Links of positional information with organ growth and pattern expression of genes is a little-addressed question. We show that differences in vestigial expression between neighboring cells of the wing blade autonomously and nonautonomously affect cell proliferation along the proximo-distal axis. On the other hand, uniform expression of vestigial inhibits cell proliferation and also perturbs the shape of wing blade altering the preferential orientation of cell divisions. Our observations provide evidence that local cell interactions, triggered by differences in vestigial expression between neighboring cells, confer positional values operating in the control of growth and shape of the wing
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0606092103
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