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Genetic Regulation of Early Eye Development in Non-dipteran Insects

  • Markus Friedrich
  • Ying Dong
  • Zhenyi Liu
  • Iris Yang
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Abstract

Comparative analyses of eye development in Drosophila and distantly related phyla have fundamentally changed the way we think about the evolution of animal eyes today. On the one hand, it is clear that select eye-patterning mechanisms have deep evolutionary roots, such as the involvement of Pax6 and an ever-extending catalogue of additional transcription factors with selector gene-like functions in development. On the other hand, the diversity of distinct eye types in extant animals implies the evolution of lineage-specific patterning processes, superimposed onto the ancient gene interactions inherited from the prototype eye at the dawn of animal evolution. Therefore, an important question to consider is how far back the regulatory program organizing the development of the compound eye in Drosophila can be traced to arthropod evolution.

Keywords

Holometabolous Insect Retinal Differentiation Morphogenetic Furrow Antennal Disc Antennal Imaginal Disc 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to Amit Singh for the invitation to provide this book chapter, Rewaa Yas for meticulous proofreading of the manuscript,and Dr. Sumihare Noji for providing Fig. 7. Research in the Friedrich lab has been supported by NSF awards IOS 0951886, IOS 0091926, and EF-0334948.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Friedrich
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ying Dong
    • 3
  • Zhenyi Liu
    • 4
  • Iris Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologySchool of Medicine, Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Harold C. Simmons Cancer CenterUT Southwestern Medical Center at DallasDallasUSA
  4. 4.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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