Branch architecture of the fly larval abdominal serotonergic neurons

John Chen, Barry G. Condron

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Abstract

In the metazoan central nervous system (CNS), serotonergic neurons send projections throughout the synaptic neuropil. Little is known about the rules that govern these widespread neuromodulatory branching patterns. In this study, we utilize the Drosophila as a model to examine serotonergic branching. Using single cell GFP labeling we show that within each segment of the Drosophila ventral nerve cord (VNC), each of two serotonergic neurons tiles distinct innervation patterns in the contralateral neuropil. In addition, branches extend only a short distance from the target segment. Through ablation-mediated isolation of serotonergic cells, we demonstrate that the distinct areas of innervation are not maintained through competition between neighboring like-serotonergic neurites. Furthermore, the basic branching pattern of serotonergic neurons within the neuropil remains unchanged despite alterations of initial axonal trajectories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Volume320
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Serotonergic Neurons
Neuropil
Diptera
Drosophila
Cell Separation
Neurites
Central Nervous System

Keywords

  • Axon guidance
  • Branch morphology
  • CNS development
  • Competition
  • Neurite formation
  • Neurotransmitter
  • Serotonin
  • Tiling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Branch architecture of the fly larval abdominal serotonergic neurons. / Chen, John; Condron, Barry G.

In: Developmental Biology, Vol. 320, No. 1, 01.08.2008, p. 30-38.

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