From mouth to anus: Functional and structural relevance of enteric neurons in the Drosophila melanogaster gut

Takayuki Kuraishi, Hiroyuki Kenmoku, Shoichiro Kurata

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Abstract

The intestinal tract is the main organ involved in host nutritional homeostasis. Intestinal function in both vertebrates and invertebrates is partly controlled by enteric neurons that innervate the gut. Though anatomical and functional aspects of enteric neurons are relatively less characterized in Drosophila than in large insects, analyses of the role of the enteric neurons in flies have remarkably progressed in the last few years. In this review, we first provide a summary of the structure and function of the Drosophila intestine. We then discuss recent studies of the structure and function of enteric neurons in Drosophila melanogaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume67
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Drosophila
  • Enteric neurons
  • Peritrophic matrix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Insect Science

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