on Monday, March 20th, 2017 2:17 | by Axel Gorostiza
I recently combined the two TbH-lexA lines (54954 & 54075) with CD8GFP, and the TDC2-GAL4 line with CD8RFP, in order to compare their expression patterns. Here I present some of the dissections. The confocal is not working properly, but it is relatively good to draw some conclusions.
TDC2>GFP and anti-TβH (Scholz’s Lab)
TDC2>GFP (Gerber’s Lab)
anti-TDC2 (Goodwin’s Lab)
on Monday, March 13th, 2017 3:01 | by Axel Gorostiza
After refining my DA screening, I end up having three interesting GAL4s which lead to changes in photopreference after expressing Shibire and rising the temperature. What I am trying to do now is to understand if they label the same neuronal population or not.
on Monday, September 12th, 2016 1:37 | by Axel Gorostiza
In order to study the role of OA and DA in photopreference I am constantly looking for new drivers that label subpopulations of these groups. I recently found a TbH driver from the QF system, and wanted to know how representative of the TDC2-G4 neurons was. I have established a QUAS-mCherry;TbH-QFs line (Magenta) and crossed it with TDC2-G4;UAS-GFP (Green). In both cases, what is shown is the endogenous expression.
on Monday, February 1st, 2016 12:46 | by Axel Gorostiza
In previous experiments, I found one TβH(lexA)>shiTS combination that recapitulated TDC2>shiTS T-Maze results (http://lab.brembs.net/2015/09/looking-for-the-da-oa-neurons-involved-in-phototactic-flexibility/). Here I present the expression pattern of those two TβH-lexA drivers used.
TβH54075-LexA (Brain & VNC)
on Monday, December 7th, 2015 2:22 | by Axel Gorostiza
I am starting to study in more detail the genotypes that were positive in the DA screen. One was the TH-F1. Here I show the anatomy. I had several problems with the old confocal. I will try to use only the new one.
on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 2:29 | by Axel Gorostiza
In order to find which dopaminergic and octopaminergic neurons are related to light preference and the switch on it seen after clipping the wings, I decided to use a tool called CaLexA.
Here we can see my first attempt to use it. We can see the CNS from TH>CaLexA flies with and without wings.
I did not see any special signal in the brains, but I still have to play around a little bit more.
on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 4:00 | by Christine Damrau
Arnim Jenett (Janelia Farm Research Campus), Kazunori Shinomiya, Kei Ito (both Tokyo University), and other anatomists made a great site with a 3D-viewer of adult Drosophila brains available. You have the chance to scroll threw a whole mount stack while ticking different brain areas. Those brain areas are listed next to the stack. Different areas are coloured differently, so that you can look at the location of several areas in the same brain. On the main page you can find simply explained tutorials about the usage of the site. It is correlated to the anatomical search engine of the Janelia farm GAL4 collection.
Because it was very helpful to me to learn all the synonyms of relevant areas and because I think it is very helpful to learn more about the structure of the Drosophila brain in general I wanted to advertise the site here.