Honors College Theses

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Biology (B.S.B.)

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Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Dongyu Jia


Living organisms require complex signaling interactions and proper regulation of these interactions to influence biological processes. Of these complex networks, one of the most distinguished is the Notch pathway. Dysregulation of this pathway often results in defects during organismal development and can be a causative mechanism for initiation and progression of cancer. Despite previous research entailing the importance of this signaling pathway and the organismal processes that it is involved in, less is known concerning the major Notch downstream targets, especially the onset and sequence in which they are modulated during normal development. As timing of regulation may be linked to many biological processes, we investigated and established a model of temporal patterning of major Notch downstream targets including broad, cut, and hindsight during Drosophila melanogaster egg chamber development. We confirmed the sequential order of Broad upregulation, Hindsight upregulation, and Cut downregulation. In addition, we showed that Notch signaling could be activated at stage 4, one stage earlier than the stage 5, a previously long-held belief. Furthermore, through our study, we successfully validated the effectiveness and reliability of a MATLAB toolbox designed to systematically identify egg chamber stages based on area size, ratio, and additional morphological characteristics.

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