NB 6-2:

NB 6-2 delaminates at S2 in the intermediate column.

No information about the lineage derived from NB 6-2 is available from other insects.

At S2, NB 6-2 expresses engrailed (en) and intermediate neuroblasts defective (ind) (Doe 1992; Broadus et al, 1995; Weiss et al, 1998). seven-up-lacZ (svp-lacZ) and gooseberry distal (gsb-d) expression is detected by S3 (Broadus et al, 1995). At S4, Klumpfuss (Klu) is detected (Yang et al, 1997), but ind is no longer detected. By S5, NB 6-2 adds unplugged (upg) expression (Chiang et al, 1995).

Its lineage was described by Bossing et al. (1996) as containing 8-16 interneurons that project in two bundles across the posterior commissure.


A. Interneurons

The two most medial cells of the clone are large, dorsal, engrailed-GFP-negative intersegmental interneurons (6.5 um; n=16).They project across the posterior commissure in an anterior fascicle and then extend anteriorly. A second pair of very large cells (10 x 3.8 um; n=14) are ventral and engrailed-GFP-positive; the more posterior of the pair is an intersegmental interneuron that projects across the posterior commissure in a posterior fascicle and then extends posteriorly. The more anterior of the pair is a local interneuron we call the "comb cell" because it has a distinctive short anterior ipsilateral projection with all of its synaptic contacts forming on the medial side of the process. It is remarkable that these two cells share a number of distinctive features (engrailed-GFP-positive, large oblong cell shape, ventral position), yet make such different projections (local ipsilateral vs. intersegmental contralateral). The remaining local interneurons are round and varied in size (2.0-6.5 um; n=35). They project across the posterior commissure and extend anteriorly and posteriorly. The anterior projection ends in a complex meshwork similar to that observed in the NB 1-2 clone.



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