Switch of rhodopsin expression in terminally differentiated Drosophila sensory neurons

@article{Sprecher2008SwitchOR,
  title={Switch of rhodopsin expression in terminally differentiated Drosophila sensory neurons},
  author={Simon G Sprecher and Claude Desplan},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2008},
  volume={454},
  pages={533-537}
}
Specificity of sensory neurons requires restricted expression of one sensory receptor gene and the exclusion of all others within a given cell. In the Drosophila retina, functional identity of photoreceptors depends on light-sensitive Rhodopsins (Rhs). The much simpler larval eye (Bolwig organ) is composed of about 12 photoreceptors, eight of which are green-sensitive (Rh6) and four blue-sensitive (Rh5). The larval eye becomes the adult extraretinal ‘eyelet’ composed of four green-sensitive… CONTINUE READING
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