Control of midline glia development in the embryonic Drosophila CNS

Mech Dev. 1997 Jun;64(1-2):137-51. doi: 10.1016/s0925-4773(97)00078-6.


The midline glial cells are required for correct formation of the axonal pattern in the embryonic ventral nerve cord of Drosophila. Initially, six midline cells form an equivalence group with the capacity to develop as glial cells. By the end of embryonic development three to four cells are singled out as midline glial cells. Midline glia development occurs in two steps, both of which depend on the activation of the Drosophila EGF-receptor homolog and subsequent ras1/raf-mediated signal transduction. Nuclear targets of this signalling cascade are the ETS domain transcription factors pointedP2 and yan. In the midline glia pointedP2 in turn activates the transcription of argos, which encodes a diffusible negative regulator of EGF-receptor signalling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Corrected and Republished Article

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Central Nervous System / cytology*
  • Central Nervous System / embryology*
  • Central Nervous System / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila / metabolism
  • Drosophila Proteins*
  • ErbB Receptors / metabolism
  • Eye Proteins / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Mutation
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Neuroglia / cytology*
  • Neuroglia / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Kinases*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun / metabolism
  • Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide / metabolism
  • Repressor Proteins*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • ras Proteins / metabolism


  • AOP protein, Drosophila
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Eye Proteins
  • GAL4 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun
  • Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • pnt protein, Drosophila
  • Protein Kinases
  • Egfr protein, Drosophila
  • ErbB Receptors
  • ras Proteins