The contents of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and DNA during the embryogenesis of Drosophila

Int J Dev Biol. 1989 Sep;33(3):403-5.


The concentration of proteins, sugars, lipids and DNA has been determined during the embryogenesis of Drosophila. The protein content decreases after fertilization, being in the late embryo only 60% the value of the oocyte. The total sugar increases about 2.5-fold, from 3.5 h on until the end of embryogenesis. The lipids increase with a sharp peak at about 4 h and decrease during the rest of embryogenesis. DNA increases exponentially from the beginning of embryogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism*
  • DNA / metabolism*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / embryology*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Proteins / metabolism*


  • Proteins
  • DNA