A Systematic Nomenclature for the Drosophila Ventral Nerve Cord

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  • Robert Court
    University of Edinburgh
  • Shigehiro Namiki
    University of Tokyo
  • J Douglas Armstrong
    University of Edinburgh
  • Jana Boerner
    Florida Atlantic University
  • Gwyneth Card
    HHMI Janelia Research Campus
  • Marta Costa
    University of Cambridge
  • Michael Dickinson
    The California Institute of Technology
  • Carsten Duch
    Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • Wyatt Korff
    HHMI Janelia Research Campus
  • Richard Mann
    Columbia University, New York
  • David Merritt
    University of Queensland
  • Rod Murphey
    Florida Atlantic University
  • Andrew Seeds
    University of Puerto Rico
  • Troy Shirangi
    Villanova University, USA
  • Julie Simpson
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • James W Truman
    HHMI Janelia Research Campus
  • John Tuthill
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Darren W Williams
    King's College London
  • David Shepherd
Drosophila melanogaster is an established model for neuroscience research with relevance in biology and medicine. Until recently, research on the Drosophila brain was hindered by the lack of a complete and uniform nomenclature. Recognizing this, Ito et al. (2014) produced an authoritative nomenclature for the adult insect brain, using Drosophila as the reference. Here, we extend this nomenclature to the adult thoracic and abdominal neuromeres, the ventral nerve cord (VNC), to provide an anatomical description of this major component of the Drosophila nervous system. The VNC is the locus for the reception and integration of sensory information and involved in generating most of the locomotor actions that underlie fly behaviors. The aim is to create a nomenclature, definitions, and spatial boundaries for the Drosophila VNC that are consistent with other insects. The work establishes an anatomical framework that provides a powerful tool for analyzing the functional organization of the VNC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1079
JournalNeuron
Volume107
Issue number6
Early online date14 Sep 2020
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Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2020

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