A Systematic Nomenclature for the Drosophila Ventral Nerve Cord

Robert Christopher Court, Shigehiro Namiki, James Douglas Armstrong, Jana Borner, Gwyneth Card, Marta Costa, Michael Dickinson, Carsten Duch, Wyatt Korff, Richard Mann, David Merritt, Rod Murphey, Andrew Seeds, Troy Shirangi, Julie H. Simpson, James Truman, John Tuthill, Darren Williams, David Shepherd

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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 behaviours. 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
Number of pages12
Issue number6
Early online date14 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2020


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