Regulation of Drosophila Intestinal Stem Cell Maintenance and Proliferation

  • Olha Strilbytska Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
Keywords: intestinal stem cells, Drosophila, niche, signaling pathway, midgut


To maintain gut homeostasis intestinal stem cells (ISCs) constantly replace damaged
ones. This process is conservative from Drosophila to human. Proliferation and differentiation of
ISCs in adult Drosophila midgut are regulated by growth factors which are secreted in the
surrounding cells collectively forming ISCs niche. Here I discuss an interaction between ISCs with
its niche through conservative signaling pathways. Several evidences on significance of
cooperation between multiple signaling pathways including Notch, Wingless, JAK/STAT, EGFR,
Hippo, and insulin signaling for regulation of stem cell maintenance and activity are provided.
Further investigation in this area will allow us to understand how proper regulation of ISCs
maintenance and differentiation can assist to ensure intestinal integrity

How to Cite
StrilbytskaO. 2015. Regulation of Drosophila Intestinal Stem Cell Maintenance and Proliferation. Journal of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University. 2, 1 (Apr. 2015), 77-84. DOI: