Regulation of temporal identities during Drosophila neuroblast lineage development

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2005 Dec;17(6):672-5. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2005 Oct 21.


One of the major goals of neurobiology is to describe, in molecular terms, how a neural progenitor cell can generate an ordered series of uniquely fated neurons and glia. It has become clear that many, or all, neural-subtype identities can be linked to sequentially changing regulatory programs within neural precursors. Recent studies shed light on regulatory inputs and timing mechanisms that generate temporally defined cell identities, and new contributions are beginning to establish a link between the temporal network and cell function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Lineage / physiology*
  • Central Nervous System / cytology
  • Central Nervous System / embryology*
  • Drosophila / cytology
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Stem Cells / physiology*