Segment polarity genes and cell patterning within the Drosophila body segment

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1991 Aug;1(2):261-7. doi: 10.1016/s0959-437x(05)80080-2.


The formation of complex structures in any multicellular organism requires cooperative behaviour within cell populations. Genetic and molecular analysis of pattern formation in the Drosophila embryo is providing us with new insights into the cellular basis of this process, implicating a diversity of molecules, some familiar, others novel, in intercellular communication.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Communication
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian / ultrastructure*
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Genes
  • Genes, Homeobox
  • Genes, Regulator*
  • Larva / ultrastructure
  • Morphogenesis
  • Phenotype
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / physiology


  • Proteins