Imaginal pioneers prefigure the formation of adult thoracic muscles in Drosophila melanogaster.

@article{Rivlin2000ImaginalPP,
  title={Imaginal pioneers prefigure the formation of adult thoracic muscles in Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={Patricia K. Rivlin and Anne M. Schneiderman and Ronald Booker},
  journal={Developmental biology},
  year={2000},
  volume={222 2},
  pages={
          450-9
        }
}
In insects, specialized mesodermal cells serve as templates to organize myoblasts into distinct muscle fibers during embryogenesis. In the grasshopper embryo, large mesodermal cells called muscle pioneers extend between the epidermal attachment points of future muscle fibers and serve as foci for myoblast fusion. In the Drosophila embryo, muscle founder cells serve a similar function, organizing large numbers of myoblasts into larval muscles. During the metamorphosis of Drosophila, nearly all… CONTINUE READING
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