The tissue polarity gene nemo carries out multiple roles in patterning during Drosophila development

Mech Dev. 2001 Mar;101(1-2):119-32. doi: 10.1016/s0925-4773(00)00574-8.


Drosophila nemo was first identified as a gene required for tissue polarity during ommatidial development. We have extended the analysis of nemo and found that it participates in multiple developmental processes. It is required during wing development for wing shape and vein patterning. We observe genetic interactions between nemo and mutations in the Notch, Wingless, Frizzled and Decapentaplegic pathways. Our data support the findings from other organisms that Nemo proteins act as negative regulators of Wingless signaling. nemo mutations cause polarity defects in the adult wing and overexpression of nemo leads to abdominal polarity defects. The expression of nemo during embryogenesis is dynamic and dsRNA inhibition and ectopic expression studies indicate that nemo is essential during embryogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Body Patterning*
  • DNA, Complementary / metabolism
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila Proteins*
  • Frizzled Receptors
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Insect Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • Models, Genetic
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Photoreceptor Cells, Invertebrate / embryology
  • Photoreceptor Cells, Invertebrate / physiology
  • RNA / metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Notch
  • Signal Transduction
  • Wings, Animal / embryology
  • Wings, Animal / physiology


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Frizzled Receptors
  • Insect Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • N protein, Drosophila
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Notch
  • dpp protein, Drosophila
  • fz protein, Drosophila
  • RNA
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • nmo protein, Drosophila