Genetic dissection of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster

Daisuke Yamamoto, Jean Marc Jallon, Akira Komatsu

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Mating of Drosophila melanogaster is a stereotypically patterned behavior consisting of a fixed sequence of actions that are primarily under genetic control. Mutations that disrupt specific aspects of mating activities offer a starting point for exploring the molecular machineries underlying sexual behavior. Several genes, identified as causing aberrant sexual behavior when mutated, have been isolated and cloned, providing molecular probes for expression and mosaic analyses that can be used in specifying the celts responsible for the behavior. This review presents current understandings of mating behavior obtained by such molecular and cellular approaches and provides an overview of future directions of research in behavioral genetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-585
Number of pages35
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • gene cloning
  • mutations
  • neural sexual dimorphism
  • sex pheromones
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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