Stress Responses in Drosophila Cells

  • Eiko Akaboshi
  • Yutaka Inoue


The environmental stresses (e.g., pollution, radiation, and chemicals) increase in the modern society. Various kinds of stress attack all living organisms. All organisms appear to have innate ability to overcome these stresses (sometimes threats) for survival. Their sensitivity and responses, however, are varied, depending on the organism and on the developmental stage, age, tissue, and cell. Immune and inflammation reactions also play important roles in the processes in which organisms recover from the stress and rescue themselves (for reviews, see Cociancich et al., 1994; Hultmark, 1993; Wilder, 1995). When organisms are exposed to above the threshold threats, they either die or survive with severe damage. The survivors, lucky as it may sound, must undergo sustained agonies. Further, the damage in their DNA, either in eggs or spermatozoa, may result in the appearance of mutated or aberrant progeny. An increasingly large number of people recognize such stresses as a serious problem for the society and for all living organisms. Thus, a worldwide campaign to keep the earth clean and safe has been boosted. Accordingly, the stress and stress-response have emerged recently as an important topic in cell biology.


Cystic Fibrosis Polytene Chromosome Drosophila Cell Heat Shock Element Gadd45 Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eiko Akaboshi
    • 1
  • Yutaka Inoue
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Molecular and Cellular BiologyOsaka UniversitySuita 565Japan
  2. 2.Osaka University of Foreign StudiesMinoo, Osaka 562Japan

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