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Transcriptional regulation of Drosophila gonad formation

Tripathy, Ratna; Kunwar, Prabhat S.; Sano, Hiroko; Renault, Andrew D.

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Ratna Tripathy

Prabhat S. Kunwar

Hiroko Sano

Andrew D. Renault


The formation of the Drosophila embryonic gonad, involving the fusion of clusters of somatic gonadal precursor cells (SGPs) and their ensheathment of germ cells, provides a simple and genetically tractable model for the interplay between cells during organ formation. In a screen for mutants affecting gonad formation we identified a SGP cell autonomous role for Midline (Mid) and Longitudinals lacking (Lola). These transcriptional factors are required for multiple aspects of SGP behaviour including SGP cluster fusion, germ cell ensheathment and gonad compaction.

The lola locus encodes more than 25 differentially spliced isoforms and we have identified an isoform specific requirement for lola in the gonad which is distinct from that in nervous system development. Mid and Lola work in parallel in gonad formation and surprisingly Mid overexpression in a lola background leads to additional SGPs at the expense of fat body cells. Our findings support the idea that although the transcription factors required by SGPs can ostensibly be assigned to those being required for either SGP specification or behaviour, they can also interact to impinge on both processes.


Tripathy, R., Kunwar, P. S., Sano, H., & Renault, A. D. (2014). Transcriptional regulation of Drosophila gonad formation. Developmental Biology, 392(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 26, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2014
Publication Date Aug 15, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2016
Journal Developmental Biology
Print ISSN 0012-1606
Electronic ISSN 0012-1606
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 392
Issue 2
Keywords Somatic gonadal precursor cell; Ventral nerve cord; Central nervous system
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