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During animal development, several planar cell polarity (PCP) pathways control tissue shape by coordinating collective cell behavior. Here, we characterize by means of multiscale imaging epithelium morphogenesis in the Drosophila dorsal thorax and show how the Fat/Dachsous/Four-jointed PCP pathway controls morphogenesis. We found that the proto-cadherin(More)
There is a growing interest in the mechanisms that control the apoptosis cascade during development and adult life. To investigate the regulatory events that trigger apoptosis in whole tissues, we have devised a genetically encoded caspase sensor that can be detected in live and fixed tissue by standard confocal microscopy. The sensor comprises two(More)
Nuclear receptors (NRs) are transcription factors that are implicated in several biological processes such as embryonic development, homeostasis, and metabolic diseases. To study the role of NRs in development, it is critically important to know when and where individual genes are expressed. Although systematic expression studies using reverse transcriptase(More)
Through studies in mammalian model systems, the estrogen-receptor-related receptor (ERR) alpha, an orphan nuclear receptor, has been shown to interfere with estrogen signaling and might therefore be an interesting pharmaceutical target in estrogen-related diseases. ERRalpha is also involved in energy storage and consumption, and its modulation might be of(More)
Gastrulation is a process involving cellular commitment and movements whereby the three fundamental germ layers are established in vertebrates embryos. Estrogen Receptor-Related (ERR) alpha is a nuclear receptor displaying high sequence identity to the Estrogen Receptors (ERs). However, ERRalpha is unable to bind and to be regulated by estrogens or any(More)
Planar cell rearrangements control epithelial tissue morphogenesis and cellular pattern formation. They lead to the formation of new junctions whose length and stability determine the cellular pattern of tissues. Here, we show that during Drosophila wing development the loss of the tumor suppressor PTEN disrupts cell rearrangements by preventing the(More)
Summary The evolutionary origin of vertebrate hindbrain segmentation is unclear since the amphioxus, the closest living invertebrate relative to the vertebrates, possesses a hindbrain homolog that displays no gross morphological segmentation. Three of the estrogen-receptor related (ERR) receptors are segmentally expressed in the zebrafish hindbrain,(More)
Epithelial homeostasis and the avoidance of diseases such as cancer require the elimination of defective cells by apoptosis. Here, we investigate how loss of apical determinants triggers apoptosis in the embryonic epidermis of Drosophila. Transcriptional profiling and in situ hybridisation show that JNK signalling is upregulated in mutants lacking Crumbs or(More)
Estrogen-receptor related receptors (ERRalpha, beta and gamma) are so-called orphan (i.e. for which no natural ligand has been identified to date) nuclear receptors that are closely related to the estrogen receptors. To gain insights into the possible functions of ERRs during early development, we have cloned their homologs in the zebrafish. Five err cDNA(More)
Developmental boundaries ensure that cells fated to participate in a particular structure are brought together or maintained at the appropriate locale within developing embryos. Parasegment grooves mark the position of boundaries that separate every segment of the Drosophila embryo into anterior and posterior compartments. Here, we dissect the genetic(More)