Parasegments and compartments in the Drosophila embryo

Nature. 1985 Feb 21-27;313(6004):639-42. doi: 10.1038/313639a0.


One of the first steps in segmentation of the Drosophila embryo seems to be not the formation of segments, but instead the definition of 14 domains, each of which encroaches into adjacent segments. We call these domains parasegments and discuss their developmental significance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila melanogaster / embryology*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics
  • Ectoderm / anatomy & histology
  • Mesoderm / anatomy & histology
  • Morphogenesis*
  • Mutation
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization