Oct 24, 2018

Dynamic Hh signaling can generate temporal information during tissue patterning

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Diana Garcia-MoralesFernando Casares

Abstract

The differentiation of tissues and organs requires that cells exchange information in space and time. Spatial information is often conveyed by morphogens, molecules that disperse across receiving cells generating signaling gradients. Cells translate such concentration gradients into space-dependent patterns of gene expression and cellular behaviour. But could morphogen gradients also convey developmental time? Here, investigating the developmental role of Hh on a component of the Drosophila visual system, the ocellar retina, we discovered that ocellar cells use the non-linear gradient of Hh as a temporal cue, collectively performing the biological equivalent of a mathematical logarithmic transformation. In this way, a morphogen diffusing from a non-moving source is decoded as a wave of differentiating photoreceptors that travels at constant speed throughout the retinal epithelium.

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Photoreceptors
Visual System
Hh-1 Antigen
Entire Retina
Spatial Distribution
Epithelium
Retinal Diseases
Drosophila
Anatomical Space Structure
Organ

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