Building and specializing epithelial tubular organs: The Drosophila salivary gland as a model system for revealing how epithelial organs are specified, form and specialize

Seyeon Chung, Caitlin D. Hanlon, Deborah J Andrew

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The past two decades have witnessed incredible progress toward understanding the genetic and cellular mechanisms of organogenesis. Among the organs that have provided key insight into how patterning information is integrated to specify and build functional body parts is the Drosophila salivary gland, a relatively simple epithelial organ specialized for the synthesis and secretion of high levels of protein. Here, we discuss what the past couple of decades of research have revealed about organ specification, development, specialization, and death, and what general principles emerge from these studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-300
Number of pages20
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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