RRC ID 15589
Author Goto J, Mikawa Y, Koganezawa M, Ito H, Yamamoto D.
Title Sexually dimorphic shaping of interneuron dendrites involves the hunchback transcription factor.
Journal J Neurosci
Abstract Sexual dimorphism of the brain has been well characterized anatomically in Drosophila melanogaster at the single neuron level, yet little is known about the molecular mechanism whereby cellular sex differences are generated except that the neural sex determination gene fruitless (fru) plays a key role. The fru-expressing mAL interneuron cluster is sexually dimorphic in three aspects: the number of cells composing the cluster is 5 in females and 30 in males; the ipsilateral neurite is absent in females and present in males; the contralateral neurite forms Y-shaped branches in the subesophageal ganglion in females while it ends with a simple horsetail-like structure in males. By screens in the compound eye for modifiers of roughness induced by fru(+) overexpression, we identified a loss-of-function allele of hunchback (hb) to be a suppressor of this phenotype. Hb was expressed in most of the fru-expressing neurons in the pupal and adult stages. Knocking down hb in mAL MARCM (Mosaic Analysis with a Repressible Cell Marker) clones in the male brain resulted in partial demasculinization of the branching pattern of the contralateral neurites without affecting the cell number and the ipsilateral neurite formation. The present results suggest that Hb is essential for male-typical shaping of the contralateral neurites by Fru.
Volume 31(14)
Pages 5454-9
Published 2011-4-6
DOI 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4861-10.2011
PII 31/14/5454
PMID 21471381
PMC PMC6622687
MeSH Age Factors Animals Animals, Genetically Modified Brain / cytology Compound Eye, Arthropod / metabolism DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics* Dendrites / physiology* Drosophila Proteins / genetics* Drosophila Proteins / metabolism Drosophila melanogaster Female Functional Laterality Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental Green Fluorescent Proteins / genetics Interneurons / cytology* Male Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism RNA, Small Interfering / genetics Sex Characteristics* Transcription Factors / genetics* Transcription Factors / metabolism
IF 5.674
Times Cited 18
Drosophila fruNP21 (DGRC#103496)