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On the morphogenesis of the D. melanogaster pupa : a study on gene patterning and tissue folding

Abstract : In order to achieve complex shapes during development, multicellular organisms need to coordinate cellular behaviors to form complex and functional organs. Identifying genes that are expressed in patterns that correlate with cellular processes is therefore primordial. Using the dorsal epithelium (the notum) of drosophila pupa as a model, my thesis aimed at uncovering the molecular mechanisms which control the spatial regulation of morphogenesis at the cell and tissue scale. First, I developed spatial transcriptomics which enabled the identification of new expression patterns involved in notum morphogenesis. Second, I developed, in collaboration with the imaging platform of Institut Curie, Rotating Sample Confocal Microscopy. Using this technique, I was able to simultaneously observe the morphogenesis of the notum, hinge and wing blade. This enabled the discovery of a new morphogenetic movement in the notum between 45-50hAPF. My results suggest that this extensive folding and elongation of the notum is independent of folding in the wing. Furthermore, I demonstrated that the expression of serine proteases regulate the attachment of the tissue to the cuticle which triggers the onset of the folding and determines the final shape of the tissue. Overall, this work increases our understanding of the spatial regulation of morphogenesis and contributes to the knowledge on how the extracellular matrix can regulate tissue shape.
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Eric van Leen. On the morphogenesis of the D. melanogaster pupa : a study on gene patterning and tissue folding. Subcellular Processes [q-bio.SC]. Sorbonne Université, 2020. English. ⟨NNT : 2020SORUS387⟩. ⟨tel-03544401⟩



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