A developmental framework linking neurogenesis and circuit formation in the Drosophila CNS. Academic Article uri icon


  • The mechanisms specifying neuronal diversity are well characterized, yet it remains unclear how or if these mechanisms regulate neural circuit assembly. To address this, we mapped the developmental origin of 160 interneurons from seven bilateral neural progenitors (neuroblasts) and identify them in a synapse-scale TEM reconstruction of the Drosophila larval central nervous system. We find that lineages concurrently build the sensory and motor neuropils by generating sensory and motor hemilineages in a Notch-dependent manner. Neurons in a hemilineage share common synaptic targeting within the neuropil, which is further refined based on neuronal temporal identity. Connectome analysis shows that hemilineage-temporal cohorts share common connectivity. Finally, we show that proximity alone cannot explain the observed connectivity structure, suggesting hemilineage/temporal identity confers an added layer of specificity. Thus, we demonstrate that the mechanisms specifying neuronal diversity also govern circuit formation and function, and that these principles are broadly applicable throughout the nervous system.

published proceedings

  • Elife

altmetric score

  • 9.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Mark, B., Lai, S., Zarin, A. A., Manning, L., Pollington, H. Q., Litwin-Kumar, A., ... Doe, C. Q.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Mark, Brandon||Lai, Sen-Lin||Zarin, Aref Arzan||Manning, Laurina||Pollington, Heather Q||Litwin-Kumar, Ashok||Cardona, Albert||Truman, James W||Doe, Chris Q

publication date

  • May 2021


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