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Int Rev Neurobiol. 2011;99:87-105. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-387003-2.00004-5.

The roles of fruitless and doublesex in the control of male courtship.

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University of Houston, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, 369 SR2, Houston, TX 77204-5001, USA.


Male courtship in Drosophila melanogaster is a robust innate behavior that is shaped by sensory input and experience. It is regulated by the general sex-determination pathway through the sex-specific forms of fruitless and doublesex. Recent findings have shown that both fruitless and doublesex are required for courtship. This chapter reviews the role of these proteins and the neurons that express them in the regulation of courtship behavior. In particular it discusses how doublesex and fruitless contribute to the generation of sexually dimorphic neurons, the role of cell death, and the emerging information about circuits that underlie the behavior.

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