Sex-specific apoptosis regulates sexual dimorphism in the Drosophila embryonic gonad.

@article{DeFalco2003SexspecificAR,
  title={Sex-specific apoptosis regulates sexual dimorphism in the Drosophila embryonic gonad.},
  author={Tony J DeFalco and G{\'e}raldine Verney and Allison B Jenkins and J. Michael McCaffery and Steven Paul Russell and Mark Van Doren},
  journal={Developmental cell},
  year={2003},
  volume={5 2},
  pages={205-16}
}
Sexually dimorphic development of the gonad is essential for germ cell development and sexual reproduction. We have found that the Drosophila embryonic gonad is already sexually dimorphic at the time of initial gonad formation. Male-specific somatic gonadal precursors (msSGPs) contribute only to the testis and express a Drosophila homolog of Sox9 (Sox100B), a gene essential for testis formation in humans. The msSGPs are specified in both males and females, but are only recruited into the… CONTINUE READING

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