Gundula Edenfeld

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In all complex organisms, glial cells are pivotal for neuronal development and function. Insects are characterized by having only a small number of these cells, which nevertheless display a remarkable molecular diversity. An intricate relationship between neurons and glia is initially required for glial migration and during axonal patterning. Recent data(More)
Nervous system development requires the specification of numerous neural stem cells. Subsequently these stem cells divide in a spatially and temporally controlled manner to generate the diverse cell types found in the different layers of the nervous system. Lineage specification is brought about by transcriptional regulators, which often act as(More)
A prominent feature of glial cells is their ability to migrate along axons to finally wrap and insulate them. In the embryonic Drosophila PNS, most glial cells are born in the CNS and have to migrate to reach their final destinations. To understand how migration of the peripheral glia is regulated, we have conducted a genetic screen looking for mutants that(More)
Terminal differentiation of single cells selected from a group of equivalent precursors may be random, or may be regulated by external signals. In the Drosophila embryo, maturation of a single tendon cell from a field of competent precursors is triggered by muscle-dependent signaling. The transcription factor Stripe was reported to induce both the precursor(More)
In both vertebrates and invertebrates, glial cells wrap axonal processes to ensure electrical conductance. Here we report that Crooked neck (Crn), the Drosophila homolog of the yeast Clf1p splicing factor, is directing peripheral glial cell maturation. We show that crooked neck is expressed and required in glial cells to control migration and axonal(More)
In complex organisms the nervous system comprises two cell types: neurons and glial cells. Their correct interplay is of crucial importance during both the development of the nervous system and for later function of the nervous system. In recent years tools have been developed for Drosophila that enable genetic approaches to understanding glial development(More)
The Drosophila nervous system is ideally suited to study glial cell development and function, because it harbors only relatively few glial cells, and nervous system development is very well conserved during evolution. In the past, enhancer trap studies provided tools allowing to study glial cells with a single-cell resolution and, moreover, disclosed a(More)
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