Building a projection map for photoreceptor neurons in the Drosophila optic lobes

Javier Morante, Claude Desplan

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Abstract

The sensory tasks performed by the eye are diverse and complex. In Drosophila, the eye performs motion detection for navigation as well as detection of the quality of light (color and polarized light). Both types of inputs are processed separately, as different photoreceptors are specialized in these tasks and contact different target cell layers in the optic lobe. However, their respective outputs are likely to be integrated in higher brain centers. Here, we discuss the cell diversity and potential role of the several ganglia that form the fly optic lobe. We also discuss the power of modern genetic tools to provide the potential to trace the visual neural networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • Lamina
  • Medulla
  • Optic lobe
  • Photoreceptor
  • Retina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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