Martha J Lundell

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We present a high-resolution profile of the temporal and spatial immunoreactivity for dopamine and serotonin in the Drosophila embryonic CNS and the expression pattern of two enzymes important in their biosynthesis, DOPA decarboxylase (DDC) and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH). DDC performs the final catalytic step in the synthesis of both biogenic amines and TH(More)
Apoptosis is prevalent during development of the central nervous system (CNS), yet very little is known about the signals that specify an apoptotic cell fate. In this paper, we examine the role of Numb/Notch signaling in the development of the serotonin lineage of Drosophila and show that it is necessary for regulating apoptosis. Our results indicate that(More)
During development of the Drosophila nerve cord, neuroblast 7-3 gives rise to a pair of mitotic sister serotonin neurons in each hemisegment. Here we show that the zinc finger gene eagle, which is expressed in neuroblast 7-3, is essential for specifying the fate of serotonin neurons. We find that loss-of-function eagle mutations produce an unusual(More)
A number of the pattern formation genes expressed in the Drosophila epidermis are also expressed in the developing CNS. It is uncertain how these genes contribute to neuronal differentiation. Here we show that the normal differentiation of the serotonin neurons of the Drosophila nerve cord is dependent on the expression of two pattern formation genes,(More)
Using a transgenic mouse model harboring a mutation reporter gene that can be efficiently recovered from genomic DNA, we previously demonstrated that mutations accumulate in aging mice in a tissue-specific manner. Applying a recently developed, similar reporter-based assay in Drosophila melanogaster, we now show that the mutation frequency at the lacZ locus(More)
We have developed a new DNA-specific fluorochrome that is excited by visible light. This chemically uncharacterized fluorochrome readily penetrates tissue in whole mounts, gives a strong signal, is inexpensive to make and very easy to use. This preparation has several advantages over existing DNA fluorochromes in confocal laser microscopy applications. Many(More)
The BLM DNA helicase plays a vital role in maintaining genome stability. Mutations in BLM cause Bloom syndrome, a rare disorder associated with cancer predisposition and premature aging. Humans and mice with blm mutations have increased frequencies of spontaneous mutagenesis, but the molecular basis of this increase is not well understood. In addition, the(More)
We have studied a 40-bp upstream regulatory region of the DOPA decarboxylase gene (Ddc) which is important for cell-specific expression in the Drosophila central nervous system (CNS). This region contains two redundant elements which when simultaneously mutated result in lowered DDC expression in serotonin neurons. We uncovered a protein binding site within(More)
Presently there are no good assays for comparing somatic mutation frequencies and spectra between different vertebrate and invertebrate organisms. Here we describe a new lacZ mutation reporter system in D. melanogaster, which complements existing systems in the mouse. The results obtained with the new model indicate two-to threefold higher frequencies of(More)
We have isolated and characterized the gene encoding a Drosophila melanogaster homolog of Caenorhabditis elegans UNC-51 (uncoordinated movement-51): Pegarn. Developmental Northern blot shows the Pegarn gene is expressed at all stages of development. The protein is detected throughout the Drosophila third instar larval central nervous system (CNS) in axons(More)