Ap-let neurons--a peptidergic circuit potentially controlling ecdysial behavior in Drosophila.

@article{Park2004ApletNP,
  title={Ap-let neurons--a peptidergic circuit potentially controlling ecdysial behavior in Drosophila.},
  author={Dongkook Park and Mei Han and Young-Cho Kim and Kyung-An Han and Paul H Taghert},
  journal={Developmental biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={269 1},
  pages={95-108}
}
Here we describe a novel set of peptidergic neurons conserved throughout all developmental stages in the Drosophila central nervous system (CNS). We show that a small complement of 28 apterous-expressing cells (Ap-let neurons) in the ventral nerve cord (VNC) of Drosophila larvae co-express numerous gene products. The products include the neuroendocrine-specific bHLH regulator called Dimmed (Dimm), four neuropeptide biosynthetic enzymes (PC2, Fur1, PAL2, and PHM), and a specific dopamine… CONTINUE READING

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