Formation of germ cells in Drosophila

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1993 Aug;3(4):562-5. doi: 10.1016/0959-437x(93)90091-3.


In Drosophila, germ-cell formation is directed by the posterior pole plasm of the embryo. Genes acting to provide the germ-cell determinant have been identified and characterized, and some are now being manipulated to test their roles. Although recent results largely support the notion of a simple pathway for assembly of pole plasm, complexities are becoming apparent.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila / cytology
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Germ Cells / growth & development*