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Adherens junction remodeling by the Notch pathway in Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis.

Abstract : Identifying genes involved in the control of adherens junction (AJ) remodeling is essential to understanding epithelial morphogenesis. During follicular epithelium development in Drosophila melanogaster, the main body follicular cells (MBFCs) are displaced toward the oocyte and become columnar. Concomitantly, the stretched cells (StCs) become squamous and flatten around the nurse cells. By monitoring the expression of epithelial cadherin and Armadillo, I have discovered that the rate of AJ disassembly between the StCs is affected in follicles with somatic clones mutant for fringe or Delta and Serrate. This results in abnormal StC flattening and delayed MBFC displacement. Additionally, accumulation of the myosin II heavy chain Zipper is delayed at the AJs that require disassembly. Together, my results demonstrate that the Notch pathway controls AJ remodeling between the StCs and that this role is crucial for the timing of MBFC displacement and StC flattening. This provides new evidence that Notch, besides playing a key role in cell differentiation, also controls cell morphogenesis.
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Muriel Grammont. Adherens junction remodeling by the Notch pathway in Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis.. Journal of Cell Biology, Rockefeller University Press, 2007, 177 (1), pp.139-50. ⟨10.1083/jcb.200609079⟩. ⟨inserm-00166422⟩

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