Mr Maarten Zwart

Maarten Zwart

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Matthias Landgraf

Departments

Department of Zoology

Email

mfz20@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/zoostaf...

Research Theme

Developmental Neuroscience

Interests

Dendrites are the postsynaptic structures of neurons, specialised to receive and integrate inputs from other cells. The dendritic geometry, regulated by intrinsic programmes of cell type specification and extrinsic factors during development, critically determines the functional properties of the cell. However, one feature of dendritic development that remains poorly understood is the regulation of dendritic growth. We have shown that, similar to vertebrates, the total length of dendritic trees of motoneurons in the Drosophila larval CNS increases proportionally to increases in animal body size, suggesting that this may be a fundamental feature of nervous system development. We are now investigating the role of systemic hormonal signalling and retrograde signals derived from target muscles in the periphery in regulating dendritic growth.

The total length of dendritic trees of motoneurons in the Drosophila larval CNS increases proportionally to increases in animal body size. Ages indicate hours after larval hatching.
The total length of dendritic trees of motoneurons in the Drosophila larval CNS increases proportionally to increases in animal body size. Ages indicate hours after larval hatching.
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Research Focus

Keywords

Drosophila

Development

Dendrite

CNS

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance

Equipment

3D-reconstruction

Behavioural analysis

Confocal microscopy

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Fluorescence microscopy

Immunohistochemistry

Microscopy

Single-cell transcriptional profiling

Whole cell patch clamp

Collaborators

No collaborators listed

Associated News Items


    Publications

    2013

    Hörnberg H, Wollerton-van Horck F, Maurus D, Zwart M, Svoboda H, Harris WA, Holt CE (2013), “RNA-binding protein Hermes/RBPMS inversely affects synapse density and axon arbor formation in retinal ganglion cells in vivo.” J Neurosci 33(25):10384-95 Details

    Zwart MF, Randlett O, Evers JF, Landgraf M (2013), “Dendritic growth gated by a steroid hormone receptor underlies increases in activity in the developing Drosophila locomotor system.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(40):E3878-87 Details

    2011

    Pulver SR, Cognigni P, Denholm B, Fabre C, Gu WX, Linneweber G, Prieto-Godino L, Urbancic V, Zwart M, Miguel-Aliaga I (2011), “Why flies? Inexpensive public engagement exercises to explain the value of basic biomedical research on Drosophila melanogaster.” Adv Physiol Educ 35(4):384-92 Details

    2010

    Barraud P, Seferiadis AA, Tyson LD, Zwart MF, Szabo-Rogers HL, Ruhrberg C, Liu KJ, Baker CV (2010), “Neural crest origin of olfactory ensheathing glia.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(49):21040-5 Details

    2006

    Doerflinger H, Benton R, Torres IL, Zwart MF, St Johnston D (2006), “Drosophila anterior-posterior polarity requires actin-dependent PAR-1 recruitment to the oocyte posterior.” Curr Biol 16(11):1090-5 Details