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Ommatidial rotation in the Drosophila eye provides a striking example of the precision with which tissue patterning can be achieved. Ommatidia in the adult eye are aligned at right angles to the equator, with dorsal and ventral ommatidia pointing in opposite directions. This pattern is established during disc development, when clusters rotate through 90 degrees, a process dependent on planar cell polarity and rotation-specific factors such as Nemo and Scabrous. Here, we demonstrate a requirement for epidermal growth factor receptor (Egfr) signalling in rotation, further adding to the manifold actions of this pathway in eye development. Egfr is distinct from other rotation factors in that the initial process is unaffected, but orientation in the adult is greatly disrupted when signalling is abnormal. We propose that Egfr signalling acts in the third instar imaginal disc to 'lock' ommatidia in their final position, and that in its absence, ommatidial orientation becomes disrupted during the remodelling of the larval disc into an adult eye. This lock may be achieved by a change in the adhesive properties of the cells: cadherin-based adhesion is important for ommatidia to remain in their appropriate positions. In addition, we have evidence that there is an error-correction mechanism operating during pupal stages to reposition inappropriately orientated ommatidia. Our results suggest that initial patterning events are not sufficient to achieve the precise architecture of the fly eye, and highlight a novel requirement for error-correction, and for an Egfr-dependent protection function to prevent morphological disruption during tissue remodelling.

Original publication

DOI

10.1242/dev.00773

Type

Journal article

Journal

Development

Publication Date

11/2003

Volume

130

Pages

5401 - 5412

Keywords

Animals, Cadherins, Cell Adhesion, Drosophila, Eye, Ligands, Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor, Signal Transduction