Genetic analysis of the Drosophila beta3-tubulin gene demonstrates that the microtubule cytoskeleton in the cells of the visceral mesoderm is required for morphogenesis of the midgut endoderm.


We have investigated the cellular basis for lethality of mutant alleles of the Drosophila melanogaster beta3-tubulin gene, betaTub60D. Lethal beta3 mutations can be grouped into two classes: the most severe mutations (Class I alleles) cause death during the first larval instar, while weaker alleles (Class II) cause death in later larval stages or in early… (More)