Drosophila follicle cells: morphogenesis in an eggshell

Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2008 Jun;19(3):271-82. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2008.01.004. Epub 2008 Jan 20.


Epithelial morphogenesis is important for organogenesis and pivotal for carcinogenesis, but mechanisms that control it are poorly understood. The Drosophila follicular epithelium is a genetically tractable model to understand these mechanisms in vivo. This epithelium of follicle cells encases germline cells to create an egg. In this review, we summarize progress toward understanding mechanisms that maintain the epithelium or permit migrations essential for oogenesis. Cell-cell communication is important, but the same signals are used repeatedly to control distinct events. Understanding intrinsic mechanisms that alter responses to developmental signals will be important to understand regulation of cell shape and organization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division
  • Drosophila melanogaster / cytology*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / embryology*
  • Female
  • Morphogenesis*
  • Ovarian Follicle / cytology*
  • Ovum / cytology*
  • Ovum / ultrastructure
  • Stem Cells / cytology