Posterior migration of the salivary gland requires an intact visceral mesoderm and integrin function

Pamela L. Bradley, Monn Monn Myat, Christy A. Comeaux, Deborah J. Andrew

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The final overall shape of an organ and its position within the developing embryo arise as a consequence of both its intrinsic properties and its interactions with surrounding tissues. Here, we focus on the role of directed cell migration in shaping and positioning the Drosophila salivary gland. We demonstrate that the salivary gland turns and migrates along the visceral mesoderm to become properly oriented with respect to the overall embryo. We show that salivary gland posterior migration requires the activities of genes that position the visceral mesoderm precursors, such as heartless, thickveins, and tinman, but does not require a differentiated visceral mesoderm. We also demonstrate a role for integrin function in salivary gland migration. Although the mutations affecting salivary gland motility and directional migration cause defects in the final positioning of the salivary gland, most do not affect the length or diameter of the salivary gland tube. These findings suggest that salivary tube dimensions may be an intrinsic property of salivary gland cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-262
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 15 2003


  • DPP
  • Directed migration
  • FGFR1
  • Integrin
  • Morphogenesis
  • Salivary gland
  • Visceral mesoderm
  • biniou
  • ribbon
  • tinman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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