Epithelial planar polarity in the developing Drosophila eye

M. Wehrli, A. Tomlinson

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Experiments with the insect ectoderm have suggested that planar polarity in epithelia results from the local orientation of cells to the slope of a gradient of positional information. Here we show that planar polarity in the Drosophila eye is inverted when the morphogenetic wave that sweeps through the presumptive retinal epithelium is induced to move in the reverse direction. We suggest that the movement of the morphogenetic wave may be causal in establishing the planar polarity of this epithelium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2451-2459
Number of pages9
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • Chirality
  • Drosophila
  • Epithelium
  • Eye
  • Pattern formation
  • Planar polarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology


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