Temporal development of Drosophila embryos is highly robust across a wide temperature range

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Temporal development of Drosophila embryos is highly robust across a wide temperature range
Title:
Temporal development of Drosophila embryos is highly robust across a wide temperature range
Journal Title:
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Publication Date:
11 July 2018
Citation:
Chong J, Amourda C, Saunders TE. Temporal development of Drosophila embryos is highly robust across a wide temperature range. J R Soc Interface. 2018 Jul;15(144):20180304. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0304.
Abstract:
Development is a process precisely coordinated in both space and time. Spatial precision has been quantified in a number of developmental systems, and such data have contributed significantly to our understanding of, for example, morphogen gradient interpretation. However, comparatively little quantitative analysis has been performed on timing and temporal coordination during development. Here, we use Drosophila to explore the temporal robustness of embryonic development within physiologically normal temperatures. We find that development is temporally very precise across a wide range of temperatures in the three Drosophila species investigated. However, we find temperature dependence in the timing of developmental events. A simple model incorporating history dependence can explain the developmental temporal trajectories. Interestingly, history dependence is temperature-specific, with either effective negative or positive feedback at different temperatures. We also find that embryos are surprisingly robust to shifting temperatures during embryogenesis. We further identify differences between tropical and temperate species, potentially due to different mechanisms regulating temporal development that depend on the local environment. Our data show that Drosophila embryonic development is temporally robust across a wide range of temperatures. This robustness shows interesting species-specific differences that are suggestive of different sensitivity to temperature fluctuations between Drosophila species.
License type:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Funding Info:
This work was funded through a National Research Foundation Singapore Fellowship to T.E.S. (NRF2012NRF-NRFF001-094).
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ISSN:
1742-5689
1742-5662
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