The cellular dynamics of pattern formation in the eye of Drosophila

J Embryol Exp Morphol. 1985 Oct;89:313-31.


The establishment and early development of the ommatidial bundles in the presumptive eye of Drosophila have been investigated using electron microscopic serial sectioning. A progression of developmental stages has been characterized. Initially simple, symmetrically constructed bundles develop into asymmetrical, more complex constructions. Computer graphic reconstruction has been used to show the three-dimensional structure of the various ommatidial bundles. Autoradiography has been used to locate the position of a region of cell division which is intimately associated with the formation of the ommatidial bundles.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Cell Division
  • Computers
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Eye / embryology*
  • Eye / ultrastructure
  • Larva
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Morphogenesis