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More than just glue: The diverse roles of cell adhesion molecules in the Drosophila nervous system

By Tina Schwabe, Allison C Gontang and Thomas R Clandinin


Cell adhesion is the fundamental driving force that establishes complex cellular architectures, with the nervous system offering a striking, sophisticated case study. Developing neurons adhere to neighboring neurons, their synaptic partners, and to glial cells. These adhesive interactions are required in a diverse array of contexts, including cell migration, axon guidance and targeting, as well as synapse formation and physiology. Forward and reverse genetic screens in the fruit fly Drosophila have uncovered several adhesion molecules that are required for neural development, and detailed cell biological analyses are beginning to unravel how these factors shape nervous system connectivity. Here we review our current understanding of the most prominent of these adhesion factors and their modes of action

Topics: Special Focus: Synapse-Glia Interactions
Publisher: Landes Bioscience
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