Int. J. Dev. Biol. 40: 167 - 176 (1996)
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Spermatogenesis in Drosophila.

W Hennig

Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics, Catholic University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. HENNIG@SCI.KUN.NL

ABSTRACT A short summary on the present knowledge on spermatogenesis in Drosophila is given which also points out particular questions of interest in the context of this morphogenetic process. Such points of interest are the formation of lampbrush loops in primary spermatocytes, the chromosomal events during meiosis, the occurrence of chromatin rearrangements and the regulation of gene activities at the posttranscriptional level. The activities and some major conclusions from my laboratory are subsequently described. They include studies of the expression of histone variants, the structure and function of lampbrush loops and the expression of genes participating in sperm morphogenesis.