The gradient of Decapentaplegic (Dpp) in the Drosophila wing has served as a paradigm to characterize the role of morphogens in regulating patterning. However, the role of this gradient in regulating tissue size is a topic of intense debate as proliferative growth is homogenous. Here we combined the Gal4/UAS system and a temperature-sensitive Gal80 molecule to induce RNAi-mediated depletion of dpp and characterise the spatial and temporal requirement of Dpp in promoting growth. We show that Dpp emanating from the AP compartment boundary is required throughout development to promote growth by regulating cell proliferation and tissue size. Dpp regulates growth and proliferation rates equally in central and lateral regions of the developing wing appendage and reduced levels of Dpp affects similarly the width and length of the resulting wing. We also present evidence supporting the proposal that graded activity of Dpp is not an absolute requirement for wing growth.
- Marco Milan
- Marco Milan
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Utpal Banerjee, Reviewing Editor, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
- Received: October 1, 2016
- Accepted: June 4, 2017
- Accepted Manuscript published: July 4, 2017 (version 1)
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