The adult Drosophila malpighian tubules are maintained by multipotent stem cells.

@article{Singh2007TheAD,
  title={The adult Drosophila malpighian tubules are maintained by multipotent stem cells.},
  author={Shree Ram Singh and Wei Liu and Steven X. Hou},
  journal={Cell stem cell},
  year={2007},
  volume={1 2},
  pages={191-203}
}
All animals must excrete the waste products of metabolism. Excretion is performed by the kidney in vertebrates and by the Malpighian tubules in Drosophila. The mammalian kidney has an inherent ability for recovery and regeneration after ischemic injury. Stem cells and progenitor cells have been proposed to be responsible for repair and regeneration of injured renal tissue. In Drosophila, the Malpighian tubules are thought to be very stable and no stem cells have been identified. We have… CONTINUE READING